National and historical symbols of Hungary

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The Coat-of-Arms of the Village of Iván [¤]
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(Győr-Moson-Sopron County)

Source: János Őry: Tallózás Iván község múltjában/Brief Reserch into the Past of the Village of Iván.

The number of the inhabitants of present-day Iván is 1,400. The village is located in Győr-Moson-Sopron County, in the vicinity of the settlements of Pusztacsalád, Újkér, Simaság, Gyóró, Cirák, Répceszemere, Csér and Csáfordjánosfa. Neighbouring towns include Csepreg, Fertőd and Kapuvár, each of which lies at approximately the same distance from Iván.

The settlement’s first seal with the legend IVÁN.FALU.PECSITV goes back to the year 1691 as it is indicated there. As charges the seal had an acorn flanked by two ears of corn, issuing from a triple mound. The settlement’s present-day coat-of-arms of 1993 was based on this old seal. Iván also had another, smaller and undated seal, similar to the first one. Its legend reads as follows. IVÁNY MEZŐ VÁROS PÖESÉTTYE. This seal was very likely to have been carved because in the 18th century the settlement was raised to the rank of market town.

The name of the village has not changed since the Middle Ages, although it has had various written versions. The most important variations include Ywan, Ivány, Iványi, and in the last 100 years the versions of Sopron-Ivány and Szentiván also occurred.

The origin of the name of the settlement supposedly goes back to the 11th century. Historian János Belitzky supposes that the origin of the name goes back to the ancient illustrated chronicle of Hungarian history (Képes Krónika), which describes an event how the troops of King Solomon and of Princes Géza and László defeated the Petchenegs of the Lower Danube region at Nándorfehérvár. Warriors from Sopron and its environs fought heroically in this battle and they were led by their bailiff called Ian.

’After the victory Ian, that is Iván of Sopron was rewarded by the King and the name of the village of Iván is very likely to have been referring to this royal bestowal. Bestowals for private persons have not been recorded in writing as early as the 11th century and this is why no document exists describing this event. It is very likely though, that Iván requested and was given an estate as a reward for his heroism in the county he was responsible for as bailiff. The estate and the settlement located within its boundaries- as it was customary of that period- were named after the owner. The estate in question was very likely to have been present-day Iván and its surroundings.’ This is the reasoning by historian János Belitzky, but his colleague, Ottó Németh also drew the same conclusion upon the completion of his own research.