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 Galambok [¤]
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(Zala County)

Galambok's coat of arms is a shield erect, the base curved to a point. It bears: azure, a dove trussed argent, perched on an olive branch and holding in the beak another, all or. In the base a triple mound vert.

Since the history of the village can be read in detail in the summary by Béla Csabai, written on the basis of his thorough research, in the following description I will only focus on the data necessary for the explanation of the arms design.

As proven by archival research, Galambok had earlier a coat of arms, or at least a seal that bore arms. This had to be taken into consideration when the new coat of arms was designed. There exists a print dated 1896, which shows a plough, a sickle and an ear of wheat, the symbols of rural agricultural activity in general.

However, the charge of the archival seal print dating from 1908 is a shield erect with a base curved to a point, which bears: gules, a dove trussed argent, perched on olive branches and holding in the beak an olive branch. (In heraldry, vertical hatching corresponds to gules.)

This source is important, since it gives an etimological explanation of the name of the settlement: according to tradition, the sight of the white cottages built on the hillsides gave the traveller approaching from far away the impression that they saw many little white doves. (Galambok means Doves.) However, the explanation of Slavic origin, according to which the meaning of the name is "deep", seems to be more accurate. Another reason why this seal is important is that, as compared with other settlements of similar conditions, it bears a unique sign, which makes it possible for canting arms to be created. (see the coat of arms of the town of Kecskemét).

That is the reason why I tried to consider the existing seal in the best possible way and only make the most necessary aesthetic changes. By including the triple mound, a frequent heraldic sign of Hungarian coats of arms, I wanted to refer to the hillsides around Galambok. As regards the colours, in addition to the original red field (the background to the coat of arms) the colour blue also appears as the symbol of Nature, hope and peace.

The dove symbolises the soul and, when depicted with the olive branch, it is also the symbol of restored harmony, reconciliation and peace.