National and historical symbols of Hungary

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The Coat-of-Arms of the Town of Tiszacsege [¤]
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(Hajdú-Bihar County)

Shield erect, quarterly and party per fess, vert. It is contoured or. In dexter chief azure the settlement’s name TISZACSEGE is inscribed in capital letters or. In sinister chief a sturgeon naiant and or is borne. Dexter base azure, a tincture, which symbolises the Tisza river. In sinister base three stylised water chestnut leaves are borne, all or.

In Tiszacsege’s coat-of-arms the shield is vert (green) and three major charges are borne in it: a fish naiant in the chief, the blue river and the stylised depiction of a water plant in the base.

The settlement’s coat-of-arms was created at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and it was approved by the National Register of Hungarian Settlements. As it is the case in most coats-of-arms, Tiszacsege’s emblem is also a reference to the settlement’s past. The motif of the fish naiant was taken over from the settlement’s seal print of 1694. The fish, which was borne in the seal was a sturgeon, which had been abundant in the local river before its riverbed was regulated. The larger sturgeons, which occasionally weighed 1,000 kilograms, were caught in the shallow parts of the river using ’cégés’, that is wooden bars. Such tools were supposedly used in this section of the river as well. It is also known from written sources that in 1730 sturgeons were caught at Nagymorotva, too, a fact, which proves that this kingly fish used to be found in the subsidiary streams of the Tisza river as well.

The sturgeon appeared in the settlement’s seal of 1694. In the Middle Ages Tiszacsege was a market town (oppidum) from 1460 onward.

The stylised water plants are only charges of the settlement’s coat-of-arms, they were not borne in the settlement’s old seal. The motif in Tiszacsege’s coat-of-arms symbolises a water plant, namely the leaves of the water chestnut. This water plant used to play an important role in people’s lives in this area, since it served as food substitute in the times of famine. In the 19th century water chestnuts were transported from Tiszacsege to other towns and sold at the market places of Miskolc, Sajószentpéter, Szikszó and Debrecen. Settlements in the region often had names containing the word ’sulyom’ (water chestnut in Hungarian), a fact, which proves the abundance of the plant in the neighbouring waters.

The people of Tiszacsege have always lived from agriculture and animal husbandry.

In the 18th century 4-5 fishermen were registered at Tiszacsege, and two families, the Bana and the Barta families got mentioned by their names in these documents. Their descendants still live in the village and they can be distinguished by the nickname name ’Halász’ (fisherman in Hungarian).