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  1. The Governor General of Canada
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Heraldry Today

Barbara Zaharescu

Montreal, Quebec
Grant of Arms, with differences to Remus Jon Peter Zaharescu and Désirée Barbara Ann Zaharescu
December 1, 2001
Vol. IV, p. 157

Arms of Barbara Zaharescu

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Blazon

Arms

Per fess Sable and Gules, a bezant charged with a bar wavy Gules and a bar wavy Sable;

Motto

BEFIEHL UND DIENE - DIEN UND BEFEHLE;

Crest

A sugar loaf Argent in front of a vol Sable charged with two bezants each bearing three bars wavy Gules;


Symbolism

Arms

The colours are those of the Federal Republic of Germany, and mark not only Mrs. Zaharescu’s ethnic background but also her activity in German cultural, charitable and language organizations in Canada. The disc, like a gold coin, makes a reference to her career in accounting and administration, a reference furthered by the black and red colours behind it, commonly used to denote profit and loss. The wavy stripes make the disc look like a symbol called a heraldic fountain, and thus make reference to her surname, Brunner. In German, Brunnen means “fountain”, and other Brunner armigers have used natural fountains on their arms.

Motto

This German phrase means “Command and Serve, Serve and Lead” and is taken from the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Crest

The wings in this position are a common feature of German heraldry, and they refer not only to the eagle in the arms of Germany, but also to the eagle in the arms of Romania, Mrs. Zaharescu’s birthplace. The red and gold disc repeats, in a slightly different form, the main symbol of the shield. The sugar loaf between the wings refers to her husband’s surname Zaharescu, which derives from the Romanian word zahar for “sugar”.