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 Somogysárd [¤]
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(Somogy County)

Somogysárd is a many-century-old settlement, situated in the central part of Somogy County, at an equal distance from Lake Balaton and the Dráva River, northwest of the county seat. The settlement's coat-of-arms was designed in 2001 by artist and expert in heraldry, Dénes Deák Varga.

Somogysárd's coat-of-arms is one of the compound arms. It is basically a triangular shield erect, gules with a tent-shaped motif in it, azure. In the upper fields, both gules, two horses rampant, argent are borne respectively, facing one another.Each of them is holding a cavalry sword argent between its raised front legs. In tent azure a lion or, rampant, tailed fourchée is borne on a crown or placed on a mound vert. The beast is holding in its raised dexter paw three arrows or, all pointing downward.

The tinctures and the charges of Somogysárd's coat-of-arms recall the tinctures - gules, azure and or - and details of the coat-of-arms of the settlement's one-time landowners, the members of the Sommsich family. (After1752, when Somogysárd was given as a royal gift to Antal Sommsich, the settlement became the largest property in the neighbourhood and it also conferred the rank of market town.)

Colour blue is to symbolise loyalty, patriotism and freedom. The green field of the base is a reference to the attachment of local inhabitants to the land itself, it emphasises their love of nature as well as the ancient past of the settlement. (The area of Somogysárd has been inhabited since the Roman Conquest and its first written mention goes back to as early as 1346.)

The charges of the golden crown and of the golden lion with is tail bifurcated are references to the members of the Sommsich family. All architectural and cultural values of Somogysárd's past and present, as well as the settlement' s natural resources are in a way related to the members of the Sommsich family. The three arrows held by the lion figure recall those three components, which have for centuries coexisted and thus have determined the inhabitants' lives at Somogysárd: the Sommsich family, the stud farm, established by them, and the local people.

The upper red fields of the settlement's coat-of-arms are to symbolise life, creativity, patriotism and perseverance. The cavalry swords, held between the front legs of the horses recall not only the inhabitants' willingness to sacrifice, but they are also references to lieutenant colonel János Sommsich, a notable person of the village, who, in the war of independence of 1848-49 fought for his country. The silver studs facing each other are to symbolise the most important local feature, that is the settlement's stud farm, established by the Sommsich family in the middle of the 18th century. The farm today serves as headquarters for the equestrian regiment of the Hungarian National Police Force.

The symbols of the coat-of-arms of Somogysárd successfully unite the motives from the settlement's past and present and they offer a clear and meaningful summary of all those characteristics, which all the inhabitants of Somogysárd can take pride in.