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Wapen van Beernem/Arms (crest) of Beernem
BEERNEM

Country : Belgium
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Province :
West-Vlaanderen
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  • (1841) Een blaeuw veld met dry gulden beeren, het bovenste met zilveren en roode streepen.
  • (1986) In lazuur drie beren van goud, een schildhoofd gepaald van zes stukken van zilver en van keel.
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Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on April 12, 1841 and again on October 7, 1986.

The arms are based on the old arms of the Beernem estate. The oldest image dates from a roll of arms of the Vrije van Brugge region from 1562. The arms were later used on the local parish seal of Beernem and Walschen.

The bears (Beer in Dutch) are a canting element, the meaning of the chief is not known. In the 1930s Coffee Hag albums the bears were misinterpreted as pigs (a male pig is also a 'beer' in Dutch).

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Literature: Servais, 1955


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