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Zrenner
Karlheinz Johannes Baptist Paul Zrenner
Arms: Azure a griffin rampant Argent beaked Or armed and langued Gules grasping in the left fore-claw a sword point to base in chief three stars of the third.

Crest: A chapeau Azure turned up Argent from which issue two tournament-lances of the second flying pennons Gules.

Motto: “GREIF ZU DEN STERNEN!“ (Grasp for the stars!)

Wappenname: “Zrenner zum Sternen-Greif“

Badge: The crest is used as the armiger’s Badge

Plant : Verbena officinalis (in German ’Echtes Eisenkraut’, true iron-herb)

Assumed: 6 December 2018, registered 2 February 2019 under Nr. 2744-02/19 with Der Wappen-Loewe; In memory to Karl Georg Zrenner, the father of the armiger.

Painted by the Bavarian heraldic artist Heribert S. Staufer.

The family name Zrenner derives from “Zerrenner“, the professional name of medieval metallurgists, derived from ‘rennen‘ to ‘run‘ and ‘zer-‚‘ completely, absolutely. They melted iron-ore to make steel. ‘Rennen‘ ‘to run‘ can be used for a running fluid, but also for running a race, in this context running in the lists at a tournament.

Thus the arms are canting on the name Zrenner, but they also cant on ‘Greif‘ (a Gryffon), and ‘greiffen‘ (to hold tight, grip, grasp). The stars ‘Sterne‘ are denoting the knightly virtues, thereby one of the first is loyalty, answering figurative to the motto of the Bavarian King: “In Treue fest“ (strong in loyalty), the second noble mind and the third valour; three stars in chief can also be found in the civic arms, but Gules, of the city of Dingolfing, the family’s home-town and are also referred to in the Wappenname of the family. The tinctures Argent and Azure are also those of Bavaria.

The Griffin Argent, half eagle, half lion, is the guardian of the secrets – the Beak Or especially refers to keeping the secrets – here of melting iron-ore and producing steel. It symbolizes the elements which are needed for that. The two-edged sword point to base means the ambivalent result of iron-made technology, but also the defensive, but vigilant character of the family.

The right fore-claw of the griffin rampant “grasps“, that is stretches to the stars. Ancient metallurgists knew that the very best iron and steel could be made out of meteorites, - dust of the stars. Astronomy and outer space are also the favourite spheres of interest of the family, whose Wappenname is “Zrenner zum Sternen-Greif“. A “Wappenname“ is a (pictorial-)heraldic designation of a branch or a family, a so-called “Űbername“.

The crest with the tournament-lances and the pennons Gules is canting for “zer-rennen“; Gules signifies fire. The chapeau in the crest is in German blazon called a “Turnierhut“, but it is not a special symbol of rank in German heraldry. A medieval knightly tournament is also called a “Rennen“, so a second pun.
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