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1 The American Indian occasionally appears in heraldry though far more often as a supporter than a charge. 24411
2 Welshman 23656
3 Guitar (only occurring as acoustic) 16288
4 Horse 16181
5 Apples occur very frequently, 15788
6 Coffee, including branches and beans 14664
7 The Devil (or a demon), freestanding (depicted differently than the devil in the foregoing). This form is far from popular. 12812
8 Dolphin (though it is not, in scientific terms, a fish) 12599
9 Cougar (rare) 12538
10 Kidneys with their ducts: the Urological Association of South Africa's arms. 12254
11 Bear (including, rarely, the polar bear) frequently appears 11619
12 Mississippi River steamboat: the arms of the 442nd Infantry Regiment of the United States Army 11273
13 Pythagorean theorem: the arms of Seissenegger 11204
14 Books constantly occur, most frequently in the arms of colleges and universities, though the Gospel and Bible are sometimes distinguished. 10968
15 Catfish: in the arms of Carl Freiherr Auer von Welsbach. 10621
16 Mushrooms (usually blazoned and depicted as the morel) 10123
17 Dragon: another common charge, depicted as large and reptilian, with a forked tongue, an eagle's eyes, and a bat's wings. (The number of "membranes" in the wings may be specified) 10088
18 Bat (sometimes called "reremouse"), 9790
19 Butterfly 9664
20 Octopus: in the arms of the 304th Chemical Regiment of the United States Army<!-- [link] Commented out because is currently blacklisted --> 9654
21 Hercules: in a number of Continental coats of arms. 9470
22 Deer: both hart and doe (usually blazoned as a hind), the female red deer 9455
23 Satan's face: on the arms of the 5th Communications Group of the United States Air Force. 9416
24 Violin (along with its bow) 9293
25 Snail (usually called "house snail", supposedly to distinguish it from the slug) 9019
26 Leopard (which may be used to describe the lion "passant guardant" [link] rather than the natural leopard; if an attitude is described it will be the natural leopard though technically it should not be shown as spotted unless this is mentioned in the blazon) 8991
27 Cheeses appear in the arms of Ainkäs and of Kässpair. 8841
28 Ant (rather rarely) 8491
29 Monkey (much less often than ape) 8432
30 Phoenix an eagle like or pheasantlike bird, always in flames; there is also a Chinese type in the arms of Adrienne Clarkson) 8365
31 Squirrel. 8196
32 Infinity symbol: in arms of those with some connexion to the Métis. 8037
33 Maps or outlines of a particular municipality, country or continent have shown Africa, China, Cameroun, the town of Ecoporanga, Espírito Santo, Brazil, the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso and the country itself (as originally divided by the Pope between Spain and Portugal) and Korea. 8022
34 Owl 7968
35 Angels very frequently appear, but angelic beings of higher rank, such as cherubim and seraphim, are extremely rare. 7849
36 Dragonfly 7455
37 Pig: Wilnis, Utrecht, the Netherlands 7282
38 Raccoon (rare) 7238
39 * The Amazon River in the Coat of arms of the Department of Amazonas. 7237
40 Fox (occasionally including the arctic fox) It is sometimes used as a punning reference to names, and is used by some ancient European families, notably with names like Voss 7198
41 Microscope: in the arms of Fitzpatricks Limited. 7162
42 mine (as in mineral): in the arms of Biysk, Altai Krai region, Russia. 7052
43 Wolverine (rare) 7031
44 Koala faces: in the arms of Peter James Dickinson-Starkey 7021
45 Dodo: in the arms of Les Avirons, Réunion 6799
46 Salmon (there is at least one occurrence of an "Atlantic salmon") 6723
47 Fly (rather rarely) 6647
48 Kangaroo: rarely, in arms with an Australian connexion, although quite frequently as a supporter. 6615
49 Sphinx: not depicted in the familiar way, but with the head and breasts of a woman. 6604
50 Moose (occasional) 6504
51 Hemp: in the arms of Chennevières-lès-Louvres, in the department of Val d'Oise 6413
52 The Moor or "blackamoor" is accurately shown as being African, although James Parker states that an "African" appears in the arms of Roupell of Chartham Park. </ref> 6228
53 oranges (infrequent) 6195
54 Garlic (occasional) 5996
55 Goat 5967
56 An Assyrian ideogramme: in Baron Leon de Meyer's arms. 5852
57 Camel (occasional) 5844
58 Beaver (in the very distant past may have been depicted as quite unlike the natural animal, but in modern times, at least in the Anglophone heraldies, it has always been shown as the beast of nature)) 5426
59 Sugarcane 5337
60 Unicorn 5335
61 Carrot (rare) 5304
62 Bobcat: the arms of the Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division of the United States Army </ref> 5175
63 Rugby balls occasionally occur in the arms of South African rugby clubs. 5121
64 Drum (shown as a "field drum") but 5055
65 Ostrich, 4934
66 Raven (also known as "crow" or "rook"): (appearing as the Naden Raven, a symbol of the Naden River people of the Haida Indians in the arms of Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada), 4904
67 Mermaid: not infrequently. 4765
68 Armadillo: the arms of Tatuí, Brazil 4712
69 Clouds often occur, though more frequently for people or animals to stand on or issue from than as isolated charges. There are rare examples of unspecified numbers of clouds in an "atmosphere." 4702
70 Duck: sometimes appears 4696
71 Rhinoceros: the arms of Tapps-Gervis. 4644
72 Peaches 4581
73 John the Baptist, often shown as a head on a plate, though he does appear baptising Christ in the arms of Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia and in other positions. 4468
74 Grasshopper 4464
75 Thylacine: the arms of the Australian state of Tasmania. 4445
76 Kiwi: sometimes in coats where the grantee has some connection to New Zealand; 4422
77 Lemon: more frequent than its fruit. 4403
78 Reindeer, i.e. the caribou 4400
79 Oyster shell, in which a pearl sometimes appears. <!-- no oyster on the page cited --> 4348
80 Clarinet: in the arms of Chevalier Walter Boekens 4326
81 Intercontinental ballistic missile: the arms of Randal Carr. 4325
82 Vanilla: in the arms of Antalaha, in Madagascar. 4157
83 an iron-age pot appears in the arms of the Natal Museum 4139
84 Flags of various kinds occasionally appear as charges. 4120
85 Windmills (including various components) 4064
86 Nuts are sometimes blazoned simply as "nuts" (depicted like the walnut) though the most frequently occurring nut is the acorn, often cracked by a squirrel, and constantly in conjunction with the oak. 3965
87 Venus: in the arms of Ziano di Fiemme, Italy. 3934
88 Cabbage appears in the arms of the French Antarctic Territory and lettuce in the arms of Lechuga. 3798
89 Emu: the arms of Toowoomba, Australia. 3789
90 Manatee: the Kingdom of Haiti; the arms of Manatí, Puerto Rico. 3786
91 Pangolin: the arms of Mazoe, in Zimbabwe. 3778
92 Worm: very rare 3704
93 Falcon 3685
94 Porcupine (occasional) 3629
95 Flamingo appears, rarely, in South-African heraldry. 3620
96 Cucumbers (rare): the family of Favier de Bains 3499
97 Ape 3491
98 Swan 3440
99 Mount Rainier 3434
100 Harp (as in the Coat of arms of Ireland) 3390
101 Christ, in a 1753 vision ("Jesús de la Piedra"), appears in the arms of Sopo, Cundinama, Colombia. 3352
102 Pears (with peartrees) 3265
103 Walrus: the arms of Van Walree 3201
104 Eel 3195
105 Micrometer: in the arms of the 194th Maintenance Battalion of the United States Army. 3186
106 Osprey: almost invariably depicted simply as an eagle argent 3128
107 Leek 3119
108 The Moscow Kremlin: in the arms of Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, Val de Marne, France). (The appearance of the Kremlin brings up the point that difficulties can sometimes arise when it comes to depicting specific buildings, rather than specific types of buildings, from the blazon; for instance, if one is not familiar with the Ch-teau de Malmaison Rueil-Malmaison in Hauts de Seine, France>[link] or the hôpital Saint Louis à Paris in the arms of Richerand, one can be in trouble.) 3096
109 Grass is sometimes specified to occur on the "mounts vert" (green hillocks) on which charges on the shield, or crest, sit or are placed. 3069
110 Taro: in the arms of the 24th Finance Battalion of the United States Army. 3062
111 churches of various types including a romanic church 3025
112 Scissors 3019
113 Hops occur occasionally 2961
114 Gourds (infrequent) 2952
115 Mussels appear in the arms of Musselburgh in Scotland. 2948
116 Ojibwe canoes figure in the arms of James Karl Bartleman 2946
117 Turk 2897
118 Rooibos tea twigs 2863
119 Raspberries: in the arms of Abernethy, Scotland 2812
120 Bagpipes 2741
121 The tree of paradise: in the arms of Vale do Paraíso, Azambuja, Lisboa, Portugal. 2702
122 Holly 2656
123 cock: with two heads on the arms of Versailles 2631
124 Marmot (occasional) 2622
125 A steamer. 2590
126 Juniper appears at least once. 2508
127 Bushes: in the arms of Lionel Camps Perezfarras 2504
128 Lines: in the arms of Allanridege, South Africa. 2418
129 Herring 2386
130 Antelope (comes in particular heraldic version as well as the natural beast) 2384
131 spanner: tihe arms of the 749th Maintenance Battalion of the United States Army. 2381
132 Teddy bear: the arms of Avril Elizabeth Home for the Mentally Handicapped, Cleveland, Johannesburg. 2378
133 Magpie: Otton de Cazeneuve bore "Or, three magpies sable" at Falkirk. 2338
134 Bison, sometimes called a buffalo in North American heraldry 2326
135 Hammers, blazoned either as "a hammer" and of various other types including: 2261
136 Axes of various types (including 2252
137 The Liberty Bell: in the arms of the 5th Field Artillery Regiment of the United States Army. 2250
138 Gull or seagull 2235
139 Elk (occasional) (the red deer or wapiti,the European elk is the moose) 2158
140 Redwood (in the form of a "triple frond"): in the arms of the Stanford University School of Medicine 2151
141 Cantaloupe (infrequent) 2132
142 Octagon: in the arms of the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion of the United States Army. 2123
143 Surgeons' scalpels 2117
144 Anchor 2116
145 The god Mercury: in the arms of Idrija, Slovenia. 2093
146 Ascension of St. Mary: on the arms of Breil, Graubünden, Switzerland. 2080
147 Lyres 2065
148 Lime (fruit): in the arms of Durand 2050
149 Phrygian caps very occasionally appear. 1901
150 An "Algonquin warrior's head couped proper wearing two feathers gules": in the arms of the 306th Military Police Battalion of the United States Army. 1895
151 The serpent (the almost invariably used word for "snake", though in Canadian heraldry the snake is sometimes called a snake, 1871
152 African elephant: in the arms of Carl A. Larsen 1856
153 Sugar beets (rare) appears in the arms of Burlöv Municipality 1832
154 Calf 1754
155 Heron 1715
156 A falconer: the arms of Cloete. 1711
157 Yucca: in the arms of the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. 1711
158 Rib bones: canting, in the arms of Mendes da Costa <!-- where?? --> 1706
159 Bull 1687
160 The mace appears as a weapon in addition to its appearance as a symbol of authority. 1630
161 Saracen 1610
162 golf clubs, as found in the arms of the Hoylake Urban District Council 1609
163 Pillories 1540
164 Altar 1535
165 Keys (taking a form similar to a "skeleton key") frequently appear. 1527
166 Beaver pelts: the arms of Ernest Michael Rhodes Skutezky 1509
167 Giants: in the arms of Agrigento, Italy. 1507
168 Wyvern: similar to a dragon, but with only two legs. 1487
169 Ivy 1479
170 Kookaburra: Australia. 1453
171 Sailboats including: 1451
172 Sickle 1420
173 Marjoram: in the arms of Noble Ivan B. Mazuranic-Janković of the Counts Mazuranic 1412
174 crane 1383
175 Pineapples refer anciently and much more often to the cone rather than the tropical fruit. 1370
176 Kilns (for firing ceramics and lime) 1362
177 pipeline in the form of two hands shaking: in the arms of Puerto Salgar, Colombia. 1361
178 Finch: more rarely. 1357
179 A tomahawk: in the arms of the Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division of the United States Army. 1342


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