A heraldic authority is defined as an office or institution which has been established by a reigning monarch or a government to deal with heraldry in the country concerned. It does not include private societies or enterprises which design and/or register coats of arms. Over the centuries, many countries have established heraldic authorities, and several still flourish today.

Europe

The Council of Heraldry and Vexillology registers non-noble personal and municipal arms in the French Community of Belgium.
The Council of Heraldry and Vexillology registers non-noble personal and municipal arms in the French Community of Belgium.

Belgium

Main article: Belgian heraldry

Burgundy

Croatia

The commission deals only with municipal heraldry and vexillology. It is composed of five members appointed on a four years mandate by the Minister: jurist, heraldist, archivist, historian and visual artist.[2] Pursuant to article 10. Law on the local self-government units, all municipal coats of arms have to be made and blazoned in accordance with heraldic rules.[3] Ministry will issue armorial (Croatian: grbovnica) to municipality in the form of a booklet composed of 8 pages. The Armorial is made in three copies of which one is obtained by : unit of local self-government, Croatian State Archives and the Ministry of Public Administration.

Czech Republic

The subcommittee deals only with municipal heraldry and vexillology. The grants of arms approved by the committee are signed by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. The Czech Republic has no heraldic authority for personal arms.

Denmark

Finland

France

Georgia

The State Council of Heraldry advises the government of Georgia on all matters related to heraldry.
The State Council of Heraldry advises the government of Georgia on all matters related to heraldry.

Germany

Holy Roman Empire

Bavaria

Prussia

Saxony

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Coat of arms, granted by the Istituto Nazionale del Nastro Azzurro to one of its members, the italian Admiral Ernesto Burzagli. The Nastro Azzurro is one of the main heraldic authoriries in Italy.
Coat of arms, granted by the Istituto Nazionale del Nastro Azzurro to one of its members, the italian Admiral Ernesto Burzagli. The Nastro Azzurro is one of the main heraldic authoriries in Italy.

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

(Note : although the office was established in 2019, the necessary legislation was passed only in 2021, and the regulations bringing it into operation were gazetted in 2022. All grants and registrations made between 2019 and 2022 were gazetted in April 2022, to make them official.)

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Russia

Slovakia

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

England and Wales

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Africa

Kenya

South Africa

The Heraldry Act 1962, which governs the Bureau of Heraldry, has not been changed to replace "State herald" with "National Herald".[16] Announcements in the Government Gazette of South Africa still use "State Herald".

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Bunyoro-Kitara, Uganda

Asia

Azerbaijan

Georgia

Philippines

North America

Canada

United States

Oceania

New Zealand

References

  1. ^ a b c "Héraldique en Belgique | Association Royale Office Généalogique et Héraldique de Belgique". oghb.be. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Pravilnik o postupku davanja odobrenja grba i zastave jedinici lokalne samouprave" [Regulation on the procedure for granting the coat of arms and flags to the local self-government unit]. Act of June 29, 1998 (in Croatian).
  3. ^ Čl. 10. Grb mora biti heraldički ispravan i opisan po pravilima heraldike. Grb se sastoji isključivo od štita i sadržaja unutar njega. Jedinica lokalne i jedinica područne (regionalne) samouprave u pravilu preuzima svoj povijesni grb i zastavu. "Zakon o lokalnoj i područnoj (regionalnoj) samupravi (pročišćeni tekst)" [Law on Local and Regional Self-Government (consolidated text)]. Act of February 18, 2013 (in Croatian).
  4. ^ "Rigsvåbenet, kongekronen og offentlig heraldik".
  5. ^ Peltonen, Isto (April 2013). "Suomen kunnallisvaakunat – Perinteet ja käyttötaide" (PDF) (in Finnish). Jyväskylän yliopisto: 16. Retrieved 11 September 2018. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Heraldinen lautakunta" (in Finnish). Kansallisarkisto. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Commission nationale d'héraldique (FranceArchives)" (in French). Archives Nationales. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  8. ^ a b Bertényi, Iván (2006). "A kommunális heraldika napjainkban". In Takács, Edit (ed.). Magyar Levéltárosok Egyesülete 2004. évi Vándorgyűlése (in Hungarian). Budapest: Magyar Levéltárosok Egyesülete. pp. 174–177. ISBN 9632182278. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  9. ^ Dr. Fodros, Péter (2018). ""Magyarország nemzetiségpolitikája európai szinten is példaértékű" Interjú dr. Semjén Zsolt miniszterelnök-helyettessel" ["Hungary’s national policy is exemplary at a European level" Interview with H.E. Dr Zsolt Semjén, Deputy Prime Minister] (PDF). Diplomata Magazin. Budapest: Diplomata Magazin Kiadó Kft. 18 (9): 3. ISSN 1419-1733. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  10. ^ Regulation
  11. ^ Attribuzioni
  12. ^ "State Heraldry Commission". Latvijas Valsts Prezidents. Archived from the original on 31 October 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  13. ^ Galkus, Juozas (2009). Lietuvos Vytis / The Vytis of Lithuania. Vilnius: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla. p. 368. ISBN 9789955854449.
  14. ^ "Portuguese Law on Municipal Heraldry (1991)".
  15. ^ See the registry: [1]
  16. ^ Heraldry Act, 1962, as amended, at World Intellectual Property Organisation website.