National and historical symbols of Hungary

In this section you can find the crests of almost 2400 settlements of Hungary with notes. Find the starting letter of the settlement in the list and click if you want to see it.

The Coat-of-Arms of the Village of Harkakötöny
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(The County of Bács-Kiskun)

The coat-of-arms of the village represents the “horka” of Kötöny. The contemporary representations show the Cumans in most cases riding on a horse shooting the arrows backwards. (See: the representation of the Cuman legends of Saint László) From the middle of the 18th century the colours of the Kiskunság were determined: blue and white. (The origin of this can be traced back to the contemporary traditional costume and the uniform of the hussar regiments.)

Therefore the colours of the coat-of-arms are azure and argent.

The symbols of the coat-of-arms evoke the historical past of the village. The earliest mention of the village is from 1493 in the form of “Kethenzallasa”. This means Kötönyszállás today.

Kötöny, a Cuman “king” was that historic person who led his people to Hungary in 1240 on the invitation of King Béla IV. The Hungarians regarded the Cumans who were escaping from the Tartars as enemies. Kötöny was killed in Buda in 1241. His memory still lives in the memory of the inhabitants who settled in the region between the rivers Danube and Tisza. The expression “Kötönyszállása” refers to this.

The highest dignitary of the nomadic Cumans is called “horka”. The Hungarian equivalent of this is “prince, ruler”.

The today Harkakötöny was formed in 1949 from Harka and Kötöny, parts of the nearby Tázlár village, as a reminder of the contemporary Cuman prince.

The colours of the village are derived from the colours of the coat-of-arms: azure and white (argent). This is the same as the colours of the District of Kiskun where the area of Harkakötöny belonged to. As a consequence the banner and the flag of Harkakötöny are azure and white.