Andriy Grechylo

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Andriy Grechylo (Ukrainian: Андрій Богданович Ґречило, Andriy Bohdanovych Grechylo / Greczylo), is an Ukrainian historian, heraldist and vexillologist. During his career he has published several books and designed hundreds of coats of arms, flags, banners and seals for over 1000 different municipalities and institutions.


Andriy Grechylo was born in November 19, 1963 in Lviv, Ukraine. He studied architecture at the Lviv Polytechnic. Since 1990, he was a research worker (scholar) of the Hrushevskyi Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies, National Academy of Science of Ukraine.

Grechylo received his PhD in historical science in 1996 and defended a dissertation titled "Ukrainian Municipal Heraldry: Tendencies of Evolution". In 2012, he defended a dissertation titled "Ukrainian Territorial Heraldry" and received his DSc.

In 1990, he has founded the Ukrayinske Heraldychne Tovarystvo (Ukrainian Heraldry Society) – since 1995 a member of FIAV (Federation internationale des associations vexillologiques) and CIGH (Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique). Andriy Grechylo is an associate member of the Académie Internationale d'Héraldique (International Academy of Heraldry) and president of UHT (Ukrainian Heraldry Society).[1]

Since 1993, he is an editor of the bulletin Znak (The Sign). He also is an editof of the yearly journal Genealogichni zapysky (Genealogical Notes). Grechylo is co-author of the Small State Coat of Arms of Ukraine. He has also designed flags and arms for provinces, districts, cities, towns, villages, universities, organisations, ecclesiastical provinces and for individuals. Although he is known mainly for his expertise in heraldry and vexillology.

In 1992-2011 and since 2015, Andriy Grechylo was a member of the Presidential Commission of the State Awards and Heraldry. In 2009, he was honoured with the Order of Merit 3rd Class.

In 2013, Andriy Grechylo was made by FIAV a Fellow of the Federation.


  • Eagle and Lion in the heraldry of the Galician-Volhynian State (13th-14th centuries). In: L`aigle et le lion dans le blason medieval et moderne: Actes du IXe colloque international d`heraldique, Cracovie, 4-8 septembre 1995. P. 123-126. Warszawa, 1997.
  • Ukrayinska miska heraldyka, Kyiv, Lviv, 1998 (Ukrainian Municipal Heraldry) ISBN 966-02-0406-X
  • Herby mist Ukrayiny (14 – 1 pol. 20 st.), Kyiv, 2001 (Coats of Arms of Ukrainian Towns (14th-First Half of 20th Century)) ISBN 966-578-085-9 (co-author)
  • Herby ta prapory mist i sil Rivnenskoyi oblasti, Kyiv, Lviv, Rivne, 2002 (Coats of Arms and Flags of Towns and Villages in Rivne Oblast) ISBN 966-02-0407-8 (co-author)
  • Contemporary flags of the Ukrainian regions: Old traditions and new designs. In: Proceedings of the XX International Congress of Vexillology, Stockholm, 27 July to 1 August 2003 /ed. by J. O. Engene. P. 233-254. Bergen: Nordic Flag Society, 2004.
  • Herby ta prapory mist i sil Ukrayiny, vol. 1. Lviv, 2004 (Coats of Arms and Flags of Towns and Villages in Ukraine, vol. 1) ISBN 966-02-0994-0.
  • New symbols for an old Swedish village in the Ukrainian steppes. In: Nordiska Flaggenkontakt, no 46, p. 35-37. Laksevag, 2008.
  • Pechatky mista Lvova ХІV-ХVІІI st., Lviv, 2010 (Seals of Lviv City (14th-18th Centuries)) ISBN 978-966-02-5837-2
  • Ukrayinska terytorialna heraldyka, Lviv, 2010 (Ukrainian Territorial Heraldry) ISBN 978-966-02-5259-2


  • The 3rd Class of the Order of Merit (2009)
  • In 2013 he was made by FIAV a Fellow of the Federation


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