SYMBOLISM OF HERALDIC ELEMENTS (Q, R, S, T) or...

What does it mean if your coat of arms bears a red boar's head?

Please note that the following descriptions and meanings are gleaned from a variety of sources, some of which disagree on those meanings. The most commonly accepted meanings are given, but scholars vary in the their opinions concerning the reliability of any "commonly held" historic meanings for coats of arms and crests.

For examples of the different positions for heraldic animals,
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Quatrefoil (Primrose) Quatrefoil Brings good tidings
Rabbit (Conie) RabbitRabbit Courant One who enjoys a peaceable and retired life
Rainbow Rainbow Good times after bad
Ram RamRamRam Passant Authority
Raspberries Raspberries  
Rat Rat Unknown
Ratch-hound (small hound) Ratch Hound Loyalty, courage, and vigilance
Raven RavenRaven Divine providence
Ray or Rayonnee Rayonee Glory and spendour; fountain of life; intelligence and enlightenment
Rhinoceros RhinocerosRhinoceros Ferocious when aroused
Rhododendron Rhododendron Caution and wariness
Rock Rock Safety and protection; refuge
Rose RoseRoseRoseRoseRosesRose Mark of the seventh son; Hope and joy; see also meanings for specific colors of roses
Rose, Red Rose, Red Heraldic Grace and beauty; Love and desire
Rose, White Rose, White Heraldic Love and faith; Charm and innnocence
Rose, Yellow Roses Infidelity and jealousy
Rosemary Rosemary Enduring love and remembrance; constancy, fidelity and loyalty
Roundles bezant Gold or yellow: bezants or byzantine coins (worthy of trust or treasure)
White: plate (generosity)
Green: pomme (apple)
Purple: golpe (wounded)
Blue: hurt or wortleberry
Black: pellet, ogress, or gunstone (cannon ball)
Red: torteau (communion wafer or manchet cake)
Tawney: orange (tennis ball)
Rye Rye  
Sabre (See Sword)   Justice and/or military honour
Saddle SaddleSaddleSaddle Preparedness for active service
Sage Sage Wisdom, long life, esteem
Salamander Salamander Protection
Salmon (See Fish) Salmon  
Saltire Saltire (St. Andrew's Cross) Resolution
Savage/Saracen SavageSaracen HeadSaracen Wreathed Believed to be related to service in the Crusades
Scales Scales Justice
Scallop Shell (See Escallop)   See "Escallop"
Sceptre SceptreSceptre Diamond The emblem of justice
Scroll (See Parchment or Diploma)    
Scythe or Sickle ScytheSickle The hope of a fruitful harvest
Sea Horse/ Sea Dragon Sea HorseSea DragonSeahorse Power of the water
Seal/Sea lion Sea Lion Dauntless courage at sea
Seaweed Seaweed Purity and leadership
Seraphim Seraphim (Angel with three pairs of wings) Dignity, glory, and honour; missionary; bearer of joyful news
Serpent/Snake/Lizard Serpent RevSerpentSnake Dont TreadCobraSnake Entwined Wisdom
Shacklebolt Fetterlock Victory; one who has taken prisoners or rescued prisoners of war
Shamrock shamrockShamrock Perpetuity; floral device of Ireland; also see Trefoil.
Shield Shield When borne on the arms, represents the defender
Ship ShipViking ShipShipShip OarsShip NewViking ShipShipShip Ancient sea voyages
Ship, Dismasted Dismasted Ship Disaster at sea
Shofar ShofarShofar Reminds us of the admonitions of the prophets and their calls to repentance
Shutle (Weaver's Shuttle) Shuttle, Weaver's Reference to the bearer's profession; i.e., textiles
Skull Skull Mortality
Snail Snail Deliberation and perseverance
Snake (See Serpent)   Wisdom (see also Serpent)
Snapdragon Snapdragon Graciousness and strength
Spear/Pike SpearSpearSpear, Broken Honourable warrior; valiant knight
Spear-head (See Pheon)   Dexterity and nimble wit; readiness for battle
Sphere SphereSphere Geographical or scientific reference
Sphinx Sphinx Omniscience and secrecy
Spider Spider Wisdom, labour, and prudence
Spur or Spur Rowel SpurRowel Preparedness for active service; pressing onward
Square Symbols Square Constancy
Squirrel Squirrel Lover of the woods
Stag
(Also Reindeer)
StagStag HeadStag Trippant One who will not fight unless provoked; peace and harmony
Stag's Antlers Antlers Strength and fortitude
Star (estoile or mullet) Star6Star 1Polar StarMorning StarStar 8 pointsStar of David

Celestial goodness; noble person; Leadership; Excellence

Steel   Readiness for zealous service
Stirrup Stirrup Preparedness for active service
Stool Stool Hospitality
Stork StorkStork Rising Filial duty; close parental bond; If holding a rock, symbolizes vigilance
Sun Rising Setting SunSun with FaceSun 20 RaysSun Glory and splendour; fountain of life
Sunflower Sunflower Homage and devotion
Swallow Swallow One who is prompt and ready in doing business; also bringer of good news
Swan Swan Poetic harmony and learning, or lover thereof; light, love, grace, sincerity, perfection
Sword/Dagger/Dart
Sabre/Cutlass/Scimitar

DaggerSwordSword CutlassSword

Swords GreatSwords

Sword of London

Celtic Sword

Templar SwordViking SwordNinja SwordNew SwordFancy SwordCavalry Sword

Justice and military honour
Table Table Hospitality
Tabor (snare drum) Snare Drum Festivity and rejoicing; dangerous if aroused
Talbot (hunting dog) (See also Dog) TalbotTalbot Supporter Courage, vigilance, and loyalty
Tent Tent Readiness for battle
Terrace Terrace Unknown; May be purely an artistic device
Thistle Thistle Defiance and surliness
Thorn Leaf Thorn Leaf Irritation; nuisance
Thyme Thyme Bravery, courage and strength
Tiger Tiger (Heraldic)Tiger HeadTiger SejantTiger SilambaTiger HeraldicTiger Supporter Fierceness and valour; resentment; dangerous if aroused
Tiger Lily Tiger Lily Wealth and pride
Torch TorchLiberty TorchNew TorchTorch 5Torches Life; zealousness; engaging in signal service; truth and intelligence
Tortoise Tortoise Invulnerability to attack
Tower TowerTower 1Tower ShadedTower Two Windows Safety and grandeur
Tree Trunk/Stump/Branch StumpTrunk New life sprouting from the old
Tree TreeBanyan TreeCedar TreeTree Double CrownedFruited TreeOak Tree EradicatedTree RootsTrees Life and the mystical connection of the earth with heaven and the underworld
Tree of Life (Knowledge) Tree of Life  
Trefoil or Shamrock
(three-leaved grass)

TrefoilShamrock
Perpetuity
Tressure Tressure Preservation or protection (prominent in the arms of Scotland)
Tressure Flory Counterflory Tressure Flory Signifies the close and longterm alliance between France and Scotland
Trestle Trestle Hospitality
Trident TridentTridents Maritime dominion
Trumpet Trumpet Ready for war
Tulip Tulips Imagination and dreaminess; Fame and perfect love
     
     

 

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