A distelfink is a stylized goldfinch, probably based on the European variety It frequently appears in Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. It represents happiness and good fortune and the Pennsylvania German people, and is a common theme in hex signs and in fraktur. The word distelfink (literally 'thistle-finch') is (besides Stieglitz) the German name for the European goldfinch.
In popular culture
- Chotner, Deborah (1992). American native paintings. US: Oxford University Press. p. 491. ISBN 978-0-521-44301-2. Retrieved 2009-11-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Distelfink definition
- Jordan, Mildred (1978). The distelfink country of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Crown Publishers. ISBN 0-517-53260-3.