compilation by
Evelyn Daigrepont Croft

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Alder Leaf

Arnaud BUNEL
Héraldique européenne -
'Heraldique europeene'

Arnaud BUNEL writes 5/17/99:
Conditions of use:
Coat alone (without external element) :
- private use : totaly free (GIF file 72 dpi)
- public use limited to a use on a web site : free against my name as author and a link up to my site (GIF file 72 dpi)
- other public use : the equivalent of 2 US$ in new postal stamps (BMP (or other) file 300 dpi for high quality print and GIF file 72 dpi)

~i~ Eve notes I:

"FEUILLE D'AULNE" = Break into Leaf of Alder (alnus rugosa)
Found at:

" Vernos, aulne gave the common noun Alder and a very great number of toponyms: to see chart p. 56. this chart shows that, in the final analysis, the guardian tree of Gallic was the alder, and not the oak. Why so much of places of dwelling indicated by the name of this tree? Let us think of our ancestors seeking, in this Gaule covered with forests, of the sites discovered and offering water resources. These found sites a foid, they settled there. However which is the tree which pushes readily in this type of place? The alder precisely." Place names of Languedoc by Paul Fabre, Bonneton Editions:

Here Verne, Vernhes, Duverne... and, more in the south, the Alder, Lavergne so current in South-west and the Limousin. In group, it gives the " vernaies ",..." Verne means alder (Gallic word), this tree which furnishes, with the willows, the edges of our rivers and which, very tight and wet, constituted ideal food of the furnaces of bakers, plasterers and brick-makers, formerly, which called besides it the wood of boulange... In its Armorial hones Blanche raised: 38 armorial bearings of families (suivent from which the name is derived from alder!!"
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I received the blason drawing by e-mail from Jean-Paul DENISE. He is working for the "Centre Genealogique de la Marne", which is a genealogical center for the French department "La Marne".

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Armes : " Écartelé: aux 1 et 4, d'azur à la croix potencée d'or, cantonnée de quatre croisettes du même ; aux 2 et 3, d'argent à la feuille d'aulne. " (Armorial Général du Bourbonnais.)


en Bourbon nais

Famille éteinte

ARMES : Écartelé : aux 1 et 4, d'azur à l a croix potencée d'or, cantonnée de 4 croisettes du même ; aux 2 et 3, d'argent à la feuille. Couronne de COMTE. Supports : deux lions.

Mr DELAVENNE, in the description of the heraldry indicates a leaf of aulne, in giving as references the general Armorial of the Bourbonnais.

Mr count of SOULTRAIT, in Armorial of the Bourbonnais, indicates the leaf of oak of sinople.

Any additions to the blason is called Achievements. In the above description it states that the blason is supported by two lions with a crown above the blason. Supports can be lions, eagle, griffins, unicorns, knights, angels. I did find an angel that was used as a support in the 14th century. Were angels used before animals such as lions?

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~i~ Eve notes II: Combining the 14th century angel 'supporter' with the VERNIN D'AIGREPONT blason was done by Eve. More angel art can be seen in my gallery. See link below.

~i~ Eve notes III: I received an 1871 drawing of the blason of the Viscount of Origny and of Maillé, 5-18-99.

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