COATS OF ARMS



Janina Coat of Arms (A)
Translation of: Herby szlachty polskiej (An Armorial of the Polish Nobility) by Zbigniew Leszczyc, published by Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich, 1995.

In the red field there is a silver shield with a steel color border. A peacock tail has been located on the helmet. After Wanda's death, in 732 AC, Poland was ruled by twelve governors. Constant disagreement between them soon caused anarchy. Our neighbors profited from this situation: Czechs and Moravians attacked Poland robbing and burning along their way, and then they arrived at Cracow gates. On the Dlubnia river banks (the area, where one mile from Cracow the tomb of Quinn Wanda is located), the enemy erected their tents. One townsman, goldsmith Przemyslaw, who was aware of the danger to the country, organized some citizens and led them to enemy camp, but his small force couldn't face the enemy in the open fight. In this situation Przemyslaw ordered to bark the trees, make many shields and hang them at the forest front, in order to lure enemy into the trap. Everything worked out, and enemy was defeated. After his arrival in Cracow, Przemyslaw was elected as a prince in 750 AC. Przemyslaw awarded the person who made the shields with a shield shaped jewel. Later, when King Boleslaw fought against Pomeranians, the knight Janik from the clan represented by the Shield coat of arms became famous and received from the king the Shield jewel to his coat of arms. (B)

Below are listed families that belong to the Janina clan (C):
� Axt family from Silesia was confirmed in 1628. Coat of arms has gold shield in blue background. Another version of this coat of arms is a shield divided in black and blue colors with two crossed axes of gold handles on the top. There are two axes on the helmet.
� Bialoblocki, from Great Poland was confirmed in 1607.
� Bialoblocki family from the Warsaw area was confirmed in 1632 .
� Bialobrodzki
� Bidzinski, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1587.
� Bielecki family, from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1660. Bielecki family comes also from Sieradz, Lithuania, Galicia. Bielecki last name was placed in the Galician Nobility list in 1810.
� Bielicki
� Bielowski, from Podolia was confirmed in 1380. The Bielowski last name was placed in the Galician Nobility list in 1782.
� Branicki family, from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1539.
� Branwicki, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1580, and in 1790.
� Chotelski, from Mazovia and Lithuania was confirmed in 1228 and 1677.
� Danczykiewicz family, from Lithuania was confirmed in 1413.
� Doruchowski, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1627. Some family members use Wierzbieta nickname.
� Gabanski, or Gabonski family, from Sacz area was confirmed in 1460 in Cracow Province and in Sandomierz Province in 1569, and 1660. Family members used Wiernek nickname.
� Golubicki is another version of Holubicki last name.
� Gulinski
� Holubicki
� Holubowicz
� Janik family, from Trock Province was confirmed in 1570.
� Janikowski, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in1584.
� Janowski, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1600, comes also from Great Poznan Duchy. Piasecki family originated form Janowski family.
� Jaroszewski, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1650.
� Jawicki family is a branch of Pszonka family.
� Jaworski, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1460.
� Kanski family, from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1632.
� Karski family, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in1460.
� Kaszewski, and Kaszowski, from Lublin Province were confirmed in 1500. They come also from Lithuania, and Wolhynia.
� Kielczewski
� Kolaczkowski family who came from Wislica County was confirmed in 1650.
� Korzeniowski family, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1460.
� Kwasek family, coming from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1460.
� Ledzki, Lecki, from Lublin Province were confirmed in 1584. These from Vilnius were confirmed in 1849.
� Lipnicki family, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1460.
� Labedzki, Labecki, from Przemysl area were confirmed in 1697. Family members used Pyrka nickname.
� Leski family coming from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1550. Leski also came from Greater Poland, and its members used Zema nickname. They proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom (D) in 1825.
� Maciejowski family, from Cracow Province was confirmed in1580.
� Mszczuj.
� Narajewski, Narajowski last name comes from Lwow area in 1479. They were confirmed also in Lithuania, and Brzesc Province in 1740.
� Nacewic family comes from Lithuania, and were confirmed in 1538.
� Olbiecki family from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1644.
� Olbienski family members, who originated from Sandomierz Province, were confirmed in 1372 and in 1700.
� Olszbank last name and family, who came from Sandomierz Province were confirmed in 1460.
� Opocki family, who originated in Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1629.
� Pelka from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1580. Pelka from Cracow Province were confirmed in 1705.
� Piasecki family that came from Radom County was confirmed in 1490. Other family members come from Lithuania, Podlasie, and Wolhynia. Piasecki family is a branch of Janowski family. Members of Piasecki family proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Podlodowski family members, who are originating from Sandomierz Province were confirmed in 1460. Other members originated from Dobrzyn area (Prussia) and were confirmed in 1648. Members proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom around 1825.
� Poglodowski family came from Galicia. These with Przytyk nickname in 1880 granted Galician nobility status.
� Potocki family from Lublin Province were confirmed in 1600.
� Przezwocki family that came from Sieradz Province and were confirmed in 1381, were assigned by other authors to Junosza clan.
� Pszonka family members who came from Lublin Province were confirmed in 1350. Janicki family originated from Pszonka family. Pszonka family members proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Rzeczycki family members from Belza Province were confirmed in 1600. They proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Rzezenski, from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1580.
� Sadlo family from Sacz County was confirmed in 1460.
� Smotarski family members from Ciechanow area were confirmed in 1741. They proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Sobieski family who originated in Lublin Province were confirmed in 1550. Other members came from, Podolia, and Russ Province. From this branch derives Jan Sobieski, who in 1674 became elected King of Poland. He was crowned in 1676 as King Jan III Sobieski. Other family branches proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Srokowski
� Stoinski family from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1550. Other last name versions are as follows: Stojecki, Stojenski, Stojeski and Stojewski. Members proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Stronski family who came from Sacz County was confirmed in 1460.
� Strzeszkowski family members from Lublin Province were confirmed in 1738.
� Suchodolski family which originated from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1413. In 1800 one branch of Suchodolski family received Austrian count title, which later was recognized in Polish Kingdom 1825. Members proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Swiecicki family from Czerniechow area was confirmed in 1724.
� Swierczkowski from Cracow Province was confirmed in 1460. They also use Szwyrczkowski name.
� Szczypiecki family from Cracow Province was confirmed in 1460.
� Tarnawski family who came from Kalisz Province was confirmed in 1609.
� Turski family from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1460. Family members from Lvov area were confirmed in 1651, and they used the Nosek nickname.
� Unieszowski family members who came from Lublin Province were confirmed in 1700; these from Poznan were confirmed in 1720. Unieszowski family members proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Urzanowski, Urzazowski come from Sandomierz Province, and were confirmed in 1700.
� Uszacki
� Waszmuntowski family members from Sandomierz Province were confirmed in 1460.
� Wiernek, from Cracow Province 1560. They are the branch of Wierzynek holding Lagoda coat of arms (E). One branch holding Lagoda coat of arms moved to Lithuania and changed their name to Werenko.
� Wierzbeta, Wierzbieta family from Cracow Province was confirmed in 1100. Also they come from Sandomierz Province. Some branches use Swider nickname. Members proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Winiarski, from Zawichost County was confirmed in 1460.
� Wolicki, from Kalisz Province was confirmed in 1518.
� Woyszyn, from Lithuania was confirmed in 1410. Family members use Danczykiewicz nickname.
� Wrzazowski family, from Sandomierz Province was confirmed in 1460.
� Zaduski family members from Sandomierz Province were confirmed in 1700.
� Zawadzicki
� Zawadzki, from Sacz County, confirmed in 1436.
� Zawieprski, from Lublin Province, confirmed in 1700.
� Zbiluta
� Zerzynski, Zyrzynski family from Lublin Province was confirmed in 1580. Members proved nobility status in Polish Kingdom in 1825.
� Zulicki family, from Russ Province was confirmed in 1700.

Translation by author

Definitions and notes

(A) author's note: the title should say: Janina clan member families that were represented by the "Shield on the shield" coat of arms.
(B) author's note: The jewel is a special symbol located over the top of the coat of arms. At this time Polish knights used heraldic symbols, that in mid-fourteenth century were converted to western style coats of arms.
(C) Janina clan of "Shield on the shield" coat of arms
(D) Polish Kingdom was the name used by Russian occupiers to the land taken from Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania at the end of eighteenth century.
(E) author's note: not proven