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Dr Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard Ph.D.

Arms: Per fess and per bend sinister Azure and Argent, in dexter chief a five-pointed star Argent.

Crest: Two eagle's wings displayed Azure each charged with a five-pointed star Argent.


Patent of Registration: State Herald of South Africa, 11th November 1999, # 3128. Patent of certification: Chronicler King of Arms of Castil & Leon, Spain, 23rd January 2002, #3/2002."

The coat-of-arms was assumed in 1981 for the descendants of Karl Max Klitgaard (1892-1944) and his wife, Maria Sophia Klitgaard (née Svendsen) (1910-97) and registered the same year in "Borgerlig Herold", in the Danish National Archives." It may be used by other agnatic descendants of Niels Jensen Øland (Klitgaard) (1704-76) and his wife, Maren Jensdatter Lund (1708-76), bearing the surname Klitgaard.

The partition of the shield, which is heraldically rather unique, and the star each has several symbolic connotations, of which two are particularly important:

The star: The family has its origin in Northern Jutland, Denmark, where it is known in the male line from the 1600s. In Northern Jutland a five-pointed star/mullet is relatively frequently occurring among the nobility of the medieval period (e.g. the families of Gyldenstierne, Friis and Hvide); these families owned large estates with which the Klitgaard family has been associated (e.g. Store Restrup and Øland). The family was in the early 18th century, through marriages and maternal descents, related to a number of the knape families (lower gentry) of the area (e.g. Byrialsen, Gied, Kjærulf, Kras, Kuri, etc.), and through one such relation is descended from Niels Christensen (-1579), of Smollerupgaard, esquire and bailiff of Fjends County, who used a (six-pointed) star as his armorial bearings.

The partition: This can be seen as a rather abstract representation of the family name/geographical origin of the family, the farm Klitgaard (Nørholm Parish, nr. Aalborg and Nibe). The name means the "farm-in-the-dune", and the partition may be seen as displaying the white dunes, the waters of the Limfjord and the sky.
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