Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dutilh Family Coat of Arms

The Dutilh family originates from Aquitaine, the French Region located in the South West of the country, in particular from places like Bearn and Orthez. Until to date this is the region where most Dutilh’s are living. The Dutch Dutilh family descends from Clairac, the city which its ancestors left in around 1700. At present around ninety descendants live around the world, but most of them still live in The Netherlands, with a large number in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

According to family foundation website, numerous attempts have been made to explain the meaning of the various elements of the coat of arms. The anchor might point to Christian symbolism. The anchor was, among many early Christian symbols, common in the Roman Catacombs where the early Christians sought refuge. The two silver rectangles next to the sun are, in fact, open Bibles, as in some older versions of their coat of arms where they actually look like open books. The sun stands for the light of God and the motto stems from the early period of the reformation, especially from the Academy Jean Calvin founded in Geneva in 1559.

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