Arms of Beamud, Spain


Granted 2002

Blazon: Per fess I per pale gules five leaves 2, 2, and 1 argent and or a wolf passant sable; II azure three poplar trees eradicated proper, in base a fess wavy argent

The term used in the blazon for the charges in the first quarter is panelas, with no further elaboration. This is apparently a term exclusive to Spanish heraldry. It’s pretty obviously some kind of leaf, but I can’t find any further specifics. Poplar is a possibility, especially given the base half of the shield,  but the kind with heart-shaped leaves isn’t native to Spain, so I think that’s ultimately unlikely. The wolf may be taken from the arms of Ayala, but I unfortunately don’t have any more information.

Arms of Wolfenhausen, Germany


In use ? – 1971

Blazon: Argent a wolf passant sable, armed and langued gules, on a chief of the second an oath staff fesswise of the field

The village of Wolfhausen changed hands several times in the early days of its existence in the twelfth century. It started out as a possession of Hohenberg, then went over to Tübingen and later Württemberg, but it doesn’t seem that any of their arms influenced these. Instead, this is a fairly straightforward case of canting arms. (Yes, that is a wolf. Yes, that is an incredibly ugly wolf, but I am trying to be polite about it.) It seems likely that the oath staff in the chief is another quasi-canting reference to the former name of the region (Stäble).

Arms of Ebelsberg, Austria


Granted 1938; roughly similar versions in use since 1554

Blazon: Per fess argent a demi-wolf rampant issuant from the partition line and holding in the forepaws a fish of the field and azure a triple mount in base or.

This is tricky. In different depictions of the town’s arms, the tinctures and the chief charge are different. In both an 1809 and 1932 version, the wolf is a boar sable, and the triple mount in base is also sable. However, the oldest version of the arms (a seal dated 1554) shows a wolf. It seems like in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the boar was used instead as a canting element (Eber), but it doesn’t seem to have been official. The mountain (Berg) is also canting.

Arms of the Earl and Countess of Lincoln

Arms of John de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln 1232-1240 (c. 1192-1240) and Margaret de Quincy, Countess of Lincoln 1232-1266, suo jure 1240-1266 (c. 1206-1266)

From p114 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Per pale baron and femme I per quarterly i and iv per quarterly or and gules a bend sable and a label of three points argent (Lacy), ii and iii or a lion rampant purpre (Nigold/Neale), II per quarterly i gules seven mascles conjoined or 3, 3, and 1 (Quincy), ii per pale azure three garbs or (Chester) and azure a wolf’s head erased argent (d’Avranches), iii gules a cinquefoil ermine (Beaumont), iv gules a pale or (Grandmesnil)

You may recognize the baron’s arms as those of Roger de Lacy, Baron of Halton and Pontefract; John was his eldest son. They were jointly created Countess and Earl of Lincoln in 1232. The grant was mostly due to Margaret, as the title had previously been held by her mother Hawise of Chester. Thus, John was only Earl of Lincoln by right of his wife, and when he died in 1240, she retained her title in her own right.

Arms of Böheimkirchen, Austria


Granted 1952

Blazon: Per pale azure a church on a mount in base proper, in chief the letter Y or, and argent a wolf rampant gules

Both the wolf and the letter Y derive from the municipal arms of nearby regions. The red wolf, also known as the “Passau wolf,” has been used by the diocese of Passau since at least 1259. The Y is an abbreviation of “Yppolytus,” or St. Hippolytus of Rome, after whom the diocese of St. Pölten was named. The church is probably a depiction of the local church of St. James. The current building dates back to the 14th century, but mentions of a church on the same site date back to 985.

Arms of de Briquessart and le Goz

Briquessart and le Goz

Arms of Ranulf de Briquessart, Viscount of Bessin 1066? – c. 1089 (?-c. 1089) and Margaret le Goz

From p42 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Per pale baron and femme; the first or three barrulets gules, the second azure a wolf’s head erased argent

The family tree lists Margaret’s husband, improbably, as John Bohun (the most well-known individual of that name was approximately 300 years younger than de Briquessart and bore a completely different coat of arms). However, the text makes
it clear that Ferne is referring to de Briquessart; he states that he was also called “Randulph” and misattributes their son’s appellation of “le Meschin” or “the younger” as the father’s surname.

It is unclear whether the wolf’s head was granted to Hugh d’Avranches or his father; Ferne’s family tree seems to indicate the latter, since Margaret would not have had any right to bear her brother’s arms, but the evidence for this is

Arms of Hugh d’Avranches


Arms of Hugh d’Avranches (also known as Hugh Lupus, or Hugh the Wolf), Earl of Chester 1071-1101 (c. 1047-1101) and Ermentrude of Claremont (possibly not an armiger)

From p42 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Azure a wolf’s head erased argent

The view of the wolf Ferne presents is extremely dim; it “signifieth craft, subtiltie, greedinesse of mind, inordinate desire of that with apperteineth to another, to sowe discord and sedition.” He seems determined, though, to put a
positive spin on the d’Avranches arms, claiming that if someone “can by force and strength roote so evil a member from out his commonwealth,” he would be entitled to bear a wolf’s head erased (i.e. torn from the body). (41) Burke’s Peerage, however, gives a somewhat more plausible origin for the nickname (and possibly the arms as well): his ferocity in battle against the Welsh. Although Ferne asserts that d’Avranches “bare himselfe in all his actions with great honor
and maiesty,” the negative connotations of the wolf could have applied as well; he was a notorious glutton for most of his life and apparently sired several illegitimate children. (45)

Arms of Bury St. Edmunds Town Council, England

St. Edmunds

Granted 1606

Blazon: Azure three pairs of arrows in saltire argent each pair enfiled by an ancient crown or

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a wolf sejant proper dexter paw upon a king’s head couped at the neck also proper crowned or

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Sacrarium regis cunabula legis (Shrine of the king, cradle of the law)

Arms of Charles d’Albert


Lord of Luynes 1592-1619, duke of Luynes 1619-1621 (1578-1621)

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV or a lion rampant gules armed, langued, and crowned azure (Albert), II and III azure two wolves combatant argent (Ségur), overall in the fess point an escutcheon gules a mace palewise or garnished sable, on a chief argent a gonfanon of the field (Sarrats)

Arms of François de Bonne de Créquy

de Bonne

Lord of Agout, Vesc, Montlaur, and Montauban, count of Canaples and Sault, duke of Lesdiguières 1638-1677 (1596-1677)

Blazon: Party of six, I or a plum tree gules (Créquy), II or two lions passant in pale gules (Blanchefort), III or a wolf rampant azure (Agoult), IV azure three towers or (La Tour-Montauban), V azure three palets and a chief or (Vesc), VI or two lions passant in pale guardant or (Maubec-Montlor); overall in the fess point an escutcheon gules a lion rampant or, armed and langued azure, on a chief of the last three roses argent, slipped and seeded proper (de Bonne)