Family Coat of Arms


The coat of arms of the la Cour family derives from seal used by Pierre la Cour and shown to the right. The origin of this coat of arms is unknown – whether he had it made himself, or whether it was used by his family before him. There is also some doubts as to what kind of object seen at the top of the coat of arms. Family tradition has it that it is a quill pen. But in the preparation of Genealogy book in 1917, the family association consulted a Professor Storck, who said that this could not be the case, and after further study concluded that it had to be a palm branch. He designed, however, the first official version of the coat of arms so that the object can be seen both as a quill pen and a palm branch.

In the preparation of the Genealogy in 1965 the family association had a study of the coat of arms conducted by the Danish Heraldic Society. The conclusion was as follows:

“The helmet brand is an armor-clad arm holding a palm branch (not a quill pen). It is evident from original seal from Pierre la Cour, and there is no doubt, due to its position and shape. In addition, it will be a rarity to find an armed arm swinging a quill pen, while it is perfectly well known palm branch (victory palm). One can also imagine that it just symbolizes the “South” (France) or the memory of an ancestor’s struggle in Africa (Spain).”

Regarding the shield mark it was stated that the roof can be colored red while the rest of the house must be in contours with windows, door and chimney. It was also emphasized that while the shield mark and helmet brand is inherited, the shield shape and helmet shape with helmet dress can change. With regard to colors concerned, the family should once and for all choose such, since these cannot be seen from Pierre la Cour seal or any other sources.

In preparing the genealogy in 1965 a new coat of arms was designed as shown to the right. In doing so, it was decided that the family colors of the future would be as follows: The shield mark is a white house in contours with gate and two windows and a red tag on a blue background.

The helmet is a silver armor clad arm that grabs a green palm branch with a red stalk tip and drop of blood. The helmet cloth interior is silver and exterior to one side red and the other side blue. This is symbolized both the Danish and French colors with “south” palm branch brutally torn from the main trunk.

However, there are also things to be said for quill pen. From a script from 1952 by Otto Hermann from Genealogy Society Armand comes the following description of the Huguenots, who earned a living as itinerant teachers who taught the people in urban and rural areas to read and write – a field where Huguenots professed over Catholics. “Youth Teachers from Briancon, Provence, and even from Paris travelled around to offer their services in the villages. They were clearly distinguished on the quill, which they wore in the hat and a small knapsack, as they had on the shoulder on the end of a stick. In particular, they would chose a market day or a Sunday to appear before the City Council with a wish to be tested, and after having passed the test to be employed as a schoolteacher.”

If the Huguenots were known to travel around with a quill pen in the cap, it should not be ruled out that there may be a coat of arms containing an armored hand holding a pen, for example. as a symbol of that ‘The pen is mightier Than the Sword “.