Our Coat of arms: picture, legend and enigma







1.  Description of our coat of arms

2.  Legend of our coat of arms

3.  Enigmas of our coat of arms




1.      Description of our coat of arms

In a silver millstone, a silver heart (Paprzyce). The helmet is topped with eight heads of silver puppies in two rows.

This coat of arms is first mentioned in 1397.




  • “Kuszaba. Cuius insignia lapis Molaris griseus cum ferrea paprzicza in or campo”.        translation: “Kuszaba. Which marks a grey millstone with an iron heart (Paprzyce) in a white background”.     

Source: Jan Dlugosz Annales seu cronicae incliti Regni Polonia (Annals of chronicles in the Polish Kingdom), 1455-1480.


  • “(…) the millstone is placed in gray color, with an iron heart in the middle, on a field of white, on the helmet are eight puppies“.

Source: Kasper Niesiecki, Polish Heraldry, Lviv 1728, vol. 7 – str. 248-49.

       VG Y GYKI GHK         

  • “(…)  a silver millstone black with a silver heart (Paprzyce).”  

Source: Joseph Szymanski,  Medieval Heraldry of Polish Knighthood, Warsaw, 1993.


  • On a white background, a grey millstone with an iron heart in the middle. On the helm four ranks of puppies. Came to Poland from the Czech regions in 1228, during the reign of Boleslaw V“.

Source: Piotr Malachowski, Collection, 1790.


  • Coat of arms adopted par the Monsztold family at the Diet of the Union of Horodło in 1413. A third variation was used by the Paprzyca in Silesia“.

Source: Tadeusz Gail, Emblems of the Nobility in the Republic of the Two Nations, 2003.


  •  “In the silver millstone a (Paprzyce) black with silver heart. On the top: Eight heads of puppies in two rows; at the top, two right and two left, the bottom one to the right, the three left “.
  • Coat of artms from Czech origin. The oldest seal dates back to 1382. The oldest record is from 1397. The main areas of occurrence of this coat of arms are the regions of Brest, Sandomierz, Sieradz and Kaliska. Less than 50 families use this blazon.”

Source: Alfred Znamierowski, Nobility Pedigree.


  • “A bush topping a stone
  • A lily topping a stone

Source: Anthony Malecki, Heraldic Studies, 1890, Volume I.

Mill stone

                     Symbols of the millstone: work, strength, perseverance, hardship,  wealth,    patience  and solidarity. Millstones always come in pair.


Jozef Szymanski has the most comprehensive references.


The Miller coat of arms also pictures a (double) millstone.

2.   Legend of our coat of arms

Long ago, the birth of triplets were a singularity. When a lady gave birth to triplets, she was accused of adultery and severely punished. The divine providence allowed the birth of nine sons. Fearing accusations from her husband, the lady decided to keep only one and to drown the other eight siblings, as she would have done with puppies. While she was on her way to her crime, the husband (this point is not clear) saw her and followed with the intention to keep one puppy for himself as a hunting dog. He discovered the terrible truth and saved the babies. He asked the miller to take care of them in secret.

The eight boys became strong adults and one day, a feast was organized. Their father asked this question: “what should deserve a mother who decided to drown her own children? Death was the only answer that everybody replied. The husband disclosed the truth and decided that the highest punishment for his wife was to leave her in the hands of the divine mercy.

Since then, the family coat of arms has been a millstone with a iron heart (Paprzyce) and eight puppies on the top.

Sources: Kasper Niesiecki Herbarz Polski, Lwów 1728, tom 7, stron. 248 —  Photos Grupa Turystyczna Roztocze, Sosna 2009.

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3.  Enigmas of our coat of arms

Below some variations about our coat of arms.
Who can help us understand these 3 enigmas?

Send your comments and suggestions to contact@ksiazyk.com

herbAlfred Znamierowski distinguishes between three coats of arms.



Antoni Malecki has identified two alternative versions.



Władysław Semkowicz suggests that the original name of the Paprzyca Clan was Kuszaba.


Marie-Jeanne C.K., Paris

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