Gozdawa coat of arms

Battle cry Gozdawa, Gozdowo, Śmiara
Alternative names Gozdawita, Gozdowa, Gozdowita, Gozdowo, Gzdow, Lilium
Earliest mention 1077
Cities Baligród, Mikstat, Dydnia, Pilzno, Gozdowo, Dąbrówno, Kampinos, Nowotaniec, Włocławek, Trzebiatów

Gozdawa (Latin: Flores liliae in campo rubeo) is a Polish nobility Coat of Arms. It was used by several szlachta families in the times of the Kingdom of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.


It is believed that the Gozdawa coat of arms was granted by Władysław I Herman to the knight Krystyn z Gozdawy (Krystyn from Gozdawa) for bravery on the battlefield in the 11th century. The lily symbolizes the immaculate knighthood and the peacock feathers in the crest represent wisdom.


For each herb [clan shield, coat of arms] the blazon or verbal description of the arms is first given in authentic heraldic style, followed by a translation from the Polish description by Niesiecki. The right and left sides of a shield are identified from the standpoint of the bearer, i. e., the one holding the shield. His right would be your left and vice versa. The tinctures (colors) in heraldry are as follows: azure = blue, gules = red; sable = black; or = gold, argent = silver; vert = green. In heraldry all charges (pictures) on a shield are assumed to be facing dexter (right side) unless otherwise specified. In Polish heraldry all animals or birds are assumed to be in their natural coloring unless otherwise specified.

Gules: two fleurs-de-lis addorsed in pale argent, conjoined and banded in a fess or. Out of a crest coronet a panaché of peacock plumes proper charged with the device of the shield.

There should be two lilies, one upward, one downward, joined at the roots in such a manner that they seem to be a single lily; they are white in a red field, and the place where they join is yellow, although not all use the arms in that form. On the helmet are peacock feathers, and on them the same lilies.

Notable bearers

Notable bearers of this Coat of Arms include:


See also



  1. Tadeusz Gajl: Herbarz polski od średniowiecza do XX wieku (2007)
  2. Piotr Nałęcz-Małachowski: http://ebuw.uw.edu.pl/dlibra/doccontent?id=381&dirids=1 Zbiór nazwisk szlachty, 1805
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