Blazon: Gules a chevron argent
It looks like the town of Nehren adopted the arms of the von Nehrens, a noble family who ruled in the area from at least 1305 through 1441. The arms allegedly originated with a Lescher family, but I can’t find any solid evidence for that. (I’ve found plenty of records of Leschers, but none with an associated blazon or depiction of arms.) Nehren’s website does feature a lovely depiction of their arms in begonias; one of the advantages of simpler arms.
Blazon: Sable a bend sinister wavy between in chief three escutcheons argent, the first charged with as many antlers fesswise in pale of the field, the second per quarterly of the second and the first, and the third charged with an eagle displayed of the field, and in base a fountain of the second
I really like this one! It’s maybe a little heavy on the representative elements (not everything has to stand for something), but the triple shields in the dexter chief are a nice touch. They symbolize a local mountain, the Dreifürstenstein, which touches the borders of Württemberg , Hohenzollern, and Fürstenberg – i.e. the three territories whose arms are shown here. I think it’s a clever and visually succinct way to convey that. Aside from that, the bend sinister represents the Steinlach river, which flows through the town, and the fountain stands for the local sulfur springs.
In use since at least 1973
Blazon: Per pale argent a deer’s head gules dimidiated and of the last a hand dexter issuant from the partition line bearing a baton in pale of the first
Unfortunately, as a former municipality, Mähringen doesn’t have a lot of information available. The town has been around in one form or another since 1092. It became part of Württemberg in 1471, and of Tübingen in 1938. It was incorporated into the larger municipality of Kusterdingen in 1973. Kusterdingen does not yet have an official coat of arms; its districts all continue to use their former arms.
In use since 1987
Blazon: Gules a pall reversed wavy argent between two crosses botony or
I can’t find very much on these arms; there are records of them going back to 1987, but it seems likely that they were granted earlier. Given the wavy argent nature of the main charge, I’d speculate that it’s intended to represent the joining of the Echaz and Neckar rivers. If this is the case, the arms may be partly canting, since the municipality consists of two former towns joined together: Kirchen (“church”) and Tälisfurt (“ford in the small valley”). It’s possible the crosses represent the former part of the name, although it’s equally possible they’re just crosses.
Probably in use since 1987
Blazon: Gules on a bend argent a passion cross of the first
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to speculate that the passion cross may be derived from the town’s long history with the local Pauline monastery. It was founded as an hermitage in 1342, converted to a monastery in 1358, and seems to have been a significant influence on local politics until its dissolution in 1786. The building was demolished in the 19th century, but the site is still marked by – yep, you guessed it, a cross.
Probably in use since 1987
Blazon: Azure two staves topped with bunches of oak leaves palewise in fess argent
I wish I could have found something about these arms, because the charges are fascinating. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like them before. There is apparently a very impressive oak forest in the region, but I can’t tell whether that has anything to do with these unique charges, since they are specifically not trees. It apparently shared the name “Jettenburg” with a nearby bridge and/or corduroy road until 1558.
Blazon: Vert three bees volant or
Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on the arms themselves, but the village itself is very old. It was first mentioned in 1098, and then sold to the monastery of Bebenhausen in 1379. Over the next five centuries, the village served as a bank and became incredibly wealthy, to the point where the district of Tübingen owed it money. Unfortunately, due to inflation, its fortune had entirely disappeared by 1918.