Coat Of Arms

The Coat of Arms

SHIELD — Vert, a reversed pile, or, bendwise.

CREST— A pair of wings ; dexter, vert ; sinister, or.

MOTTO—"Vrede in Rykdom" ("Peace in Wealth")

The earliest references to the Arms of van Quackenbosch of Leiden appear in the "Leiden Armorial," published in 1785 and containing the arms of the members of the "Magistrature" of Leiden. From this source it is learned that Dirk Aelbertszoon van Quackenbosch employed the shield as described above on Sept. 17, 1529, and that Gerrit Aelbertszoon van Quackenbosch used the shield and motto in 1578. The crest and shield appear in a small "aquarelle" painted about the middle of the 17th Century, and now in the possession of A. A. Vorsterman van Oijen, the celebrated Dutch Heraldist and Director of the "van Oijen Genealogisch on Heraldisch Archief," who was retained to make researches for the van Quackenbosch arms in Holland. A copy of this "aquarelle" painted by Heer van Oijen, is now in the possession of the compiler.

Under the rules of heraldry, the right to bear a coat of arms passes only to the direct descendants of the bearer. Because some crucial links in the family history have been lost over the centuries, the North American Quackenbush family cannot technically use the coat of arms.

In Holland the prefix van does not necessarily imply nobility or high social stature the way the German prefix von does- it simply means 'from' or 'of'.   Literally translated, the name Pieter van Quackenbosch probably means "Peter from the forest of the croaking frogs".

The word "bosch" means "forest" while "kwaken" is the sound made by frogs or crows. At least one translator believes "kwaken" can also refer to the "quack" sound made by ducks.