Orla coat of arms

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POL COA Orla.svg
Battle cry-
Alternative namesSaszor (Szaszor) and Opola, Opala or Zapale, Mściug
Earliest mentionc. 14th century as Saszor subsequently Orla arms
Townsvarious territorial manors owned by its members
FamiliesEarliest mentioned member bearers (in order of precedence):[1]
* House of Saszowski (equally spelt Szaszowski) arms Saszor; and its branch scions alias Palczowski and Gierałtowski (equally spelt Geraltowski)
* House of Barski (equally Bardzki)
* House of Chobienicki
* Jorogniewski
* Kełbowski (equally Kielbowski) arms Opala
* Ligocki (equally Lgocki)

Orla (derived from Polish orzeł "eagle") is a distinct Polish armorial estate and clan membership coat of arms adopted in Polish heraldry since the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland.[1] It was vested upon several knightly families of the Polish nobility in the historical region of Silesia and Lesser Poland, and conferred subsequently on the ennoblement of several individuals.[1]


Orla is one of the oldest Polish coats of arms. The coat of arms was naturalised into Polish heraldry during the Jagiellonian dynasty, it is a derivative of its Roman-German origin-precursor attributed to the personal arms borne by the House of Saszowski and its branch scions.[1]

The Polish clan coat of arms was subsequently borne as well by several unrelated Polish knightly families and individuals connected with the clan by heraldic adoption at ennoblement,[1] and as frequently found with Polish coats of arms, by some supposed members misattributed to the clan by error or usurpation.


Silver (Argent), an eagle displayed headless red (Gules), on the neck a star of six rays red (gules); N.B. the star, as well as the eagle claws, are often found represented (rightly or wrongly) as gold (Or) tincture in Polish heraldic literature.

Notable member bearers[edit]

From the classical Polish heraldic reference Herby rycerstwa polskiego (Armorials of Polish Knights) published in 1584 by Bartosz Paprocki, bearers shown in order of precedence:[1]

and the individuals:

  • Jorogniewski
  • Kełbowski
  • Ligocki

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Paprockiego, Bartosza (1584). Herby rycerstwa polskiego [Armorials of Polish Knights] (in Polish). Kraków: Wydawnictwa Biblioteki Polskiej. pp. LXXXIII & CVII, 710–711 & 891.
  2. ^ Dokumenty pergaminowe Oddziału I Archiwum Państwowego w Krakowie do 1600 r. (Parchments until 1600, Department of State Archives in Krakow); Data: 1569.07.11, Miejsce: Lublin, Sygnatura: W 028. [1]