Coat of arms increase

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Coat of arms increase is a term from heraldry and describes the addition of new components to an existing coat of arms .


Coats of arms of the primeval nobility were originally freely accepted and not awarded identifying symbols of the knight carrying arms . It was not until the 13th century that these coats of arms, as a result of the Crusades and Christian symbolism, were supplemented with pictures or symbols in the vertically split or transversely divided coat of arms .

Takeover of coat of arms

In this case, the term “coat of arms increase” refers to the adoption of the coat of arms or coat of arms component of a sex that has died out in male succession in the coat of arms of the spouse of the female heir. Components can find their place in the upper coat of arms as helmet decorations as well as in the main coat of arms. In some cases, an increase in the name was also associated with it.

The increase in coat of arms often leads to a quartered (squared) coat of arms or coats of arms with several fields. In the case of a quartered coat of arms, the upper two fields have a higher value. If there is a heart shield , it has priority.

Coat of arms improvement

An increase in the coat of arms in the sense of an improvement in the coat of arms can be undertaken by an ennobling ruler when a nobleman is raised to a higher nobility level (increase in rank). B. is raised from the baron / Freiherrn to count (see also: title of nobility ).

Cities were also granted an increase in coats of arms by the responsible ruler in such cases if the status of the city and thus its meaning had changed or the ruler wanted to show his gratitude. So received z. B. the city of Tübingen as thanks for their support in the suppression of the peasant uprising in Remstal (1514) by Duke Ulrich von Württemberg granted an increase in coat of arms (see: Tübingen Treaty ).