Ciołek coat of arms

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Battle cry Biała, Ciołek
Alternative names Biała, Taurus, Thaurus, Vitulus
Earliest mention 1279 (seal), 1401 (record)
Cities Trzcianka

Ciołek (Polish for "bull calf") is a Polish coat of arms, one of the oldest in medieval Poland.[1] It was used by many szlachta (noble) families under the late Piast Dynasty, under the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, during the Partitions of Poland, and in the 20th century. The variant names "Siolek" and "Cialek" arose from miscommunication among early-20th-century Polish immigrants to the United States.


A history of this coat-of-arms is included in a Short History of Polish Arms written by Countess Ewa Theresa Korab-Karpinska in the late 1980sm which is currently lodged at the College of Arms in London. As heraldic heiress and only daughter of Tadeuz Josef Zielinski (also spelt Zelinski ) Ewa was aone of a handful of women to write upon the subject of heraldry. The bull and crown were later exceptionally incorporated as a crest into an English Grant of Arms by the English College of Arms.


Notable bearers[edit]

Notable bearers of this coat of arms have included:


See also[edit]


  • Alfred Znamierowski: Herbarz rodowy. Warszawa: Świat Książki, 2004, s. 96. ISBN 83-7391-166-9.
  • Tadeusz Gajl, 2003. Polskie rody szlacheckie i ich herby. Białystok: Dom Wydawniczy Benkowski.
  • Tadeusz Gajl: Herbarz polski od średniowiecza do XX wieku : ponad 4500 herbów szlacheckich 37 tysięcy nazwisk 55 tysięcy rodów. L&L, 2007, s. 406-539. ISBN 978-83-60597-10-1.
  • Jardetzky, Oleg. 1992. The Ciolek of Poland. Graz, Austria: Akademische Druck-u. Verlagsanstalt. ISBN 3-201-01583-0 (A detailed book summarizing available documents from Polish, German, Russian and French archives. It deals with the Ciołek clan genealogy during the period c. 800 - c. 1450 AD, 244 pages)
  • Sławomir Górzyński: Arystokracja polska w Galicji: studium heraldyczno-genealogiczne. Warszawa: DiG, 2009, s. 195-196. ISBN 978-83-7181-597-3.
  • Józef Szymański: Herbarz rycerstwa polskiego z XVI wieku. Warszawa: DiG, 2001, s. 41. ISBN 83-7181-217-5.


  1. ^ Oleg Jardetzky: The Ciolek of Poland. Graz/Austria: Akademische Druck-u. Verlagsanstalt, 1992, s. 244. ISBN 3-201-01583-0.

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