National and historical symbols of Hungary

In this section you can find the crests of almost 2400 settlements of Hungary with notes. Find the starting letter of the settlement in the list and click if you want to see it.

The Coat-of-Arms of the Town of Dombrád [** ¤]
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Dombrád

(The County of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg)

Dombrád, a settlement in the county of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, was already mentioned in 1067 in the deed of foundation of the monastery at Százd. The document relates to the fact that the monastery was given fourteen servant families from the village dwellers by Bailiff Péter (predium Damarad et in eo quattuordecim familias). Thus the settlement's new symbols raise a memory of nearly one thousand years of history.

Dombrád's coat-of-arms is a shield erect, parti per pale or and azure, with base curved to a point. In dexter field or, over a field wavy azure a crayfish gules borne bendwise and viewed from above. In sinister azure on a double-curved field vert a hart or saliant contourné.

Across the top a pot-helm proper at a slant, riveted and fit out with a cross-shaped beathing hole, crested with a five-pointed (leaved three with two pearls) crown verdured or adorned with rubies and sapphires.

Mantling: dexter azure and argent, sinister gules and or.

(Not strictly belonging to the coat-of-arms a band broken sixfold; parti or, tierced per fess gules and argent, or, per fess gules, azure and vert, and or; the middle part or reading the scroll 'DOMBRÁD' and the date '1067' beneath, all sable.)

According to the designers' intentions, the chief motifs of the coat-of-arms are based on the local seal prints of the 1830s, for the seal of Ontelek, since then amalgamated into Dombrád, in 1831 bore a crayfish viewed from above, while the charge on the seal of Dombrád, possibly from the same year, is a stag saliant to the dexter between four fruit trees.

A symbol can obviously bear a number of interpretations. The crayfish and the wavy blue field may as well refer to the one-time lively waterworld, to fishing or to the catching of crayfish, while the golden stag might evoke the ancient legend of the origin of the Magyars. The green mounts refer to the name of the settlement (domb meaning small hill).

The ancient origin of the settlement is indicated partly by the shield's shape , for the slightly curved lines resemble the haversack plates from the age of the Magyar conquest of Hungary, and partly by the pot-helm, an early type of helmet. The cross-shaped breathing hole of the helm is stylised, thus it may refer to the religious life followed by the dwellers. The helm itself also expresses the tribute paid to those locals who died a heroic death during the thousand years of history, whereas the crown, attributed with a modern meaning, may symbolise the autonomy of self-government.

On the band the golden fields represent the settlement's notable history, firm present and promising future, while the two 'banner elements' show the thousand years that have passed since the age of the Árpáds (fields parti per fess gules and argent) up to the present day (tricolour), while the scroll bearing the name and the date signify the settlement's first appearance in written documents.

Pictures:

1. The Calvinist church

2. Endre Ady Community Centre

3. Kossuth Statue

4. Ferenc Móra Primary and Secondary Grammar School

5. The holiday resort by the bank of the Tisza

6. Street view