Ljubodrag Lj. Grujić (Grujich)
Registered: The International
Register of Arms, 3rd April 2007. Registration No. 0099.
Arms: Or, an eagle displayed Sable
armed and langued Gules, charged on the breast with a fleur-de-lys Or,
grasping in the dexter claw a branch of locust-tree and the sinister a
branch of linden-tree all Proper, the whole within a bordure Vert.
Crest: A lymphad proper under sail
Argent flying a pennon Gules and flagged Azure and Argent the sail
charged with a harp Vert.
Motto: 'Synthesis' in
Ancient Greek script
Private Registration: Serbia,
CROM-BHGS (Centre for Research of Orthodox Monarchism Board for
Heraldic and Genealogical Studies), Armorial Charter No.008/06, 26
Further Private Registration: United States Heraldic
Registry, # 20070204O, 4 February 2007.
The Arms were designed
according to the Armiger’s wishes and in close council with him by The
Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies of The Centre for Research
of Orthodox Monarchism (CROM-BHGS) under the guidance of its Managing
Director, Mr Nenad M. Jovanovich, Herald of the Princely Branch of the
Serbian Royal House of Karageorgevich.
The design of the shield “Or, an eagle displayed Sable” alludes to the
mixed heritage of the Armiger (Serbian, Romanian and German state
symbol of an eagle) but avoids the use of the double headed eagle as
this is reserved for the use of the State and the Royal Family in
Serbian heraldry. It also points to the Armiger’s Orthodox Faith. The
branches that the eagle holds represent the male (black locust) and
female (linden) line united and also illustrates the region of Banat.
On a different level, these charges also signify how the new items
(black locust is originally from America) can be utilized to the
benefit of all (the tree was used extensively in Southern Banat to
keep in check the spread of sand dunes), along with the linden tree, a
symbol of Slavs. They also represent the Serbian fate of being “East
to the West and West to the East”, that the armiger, as a professor of
English, also shares. The fleur-de-lis Or alludes to the Serbian
Monarchy and is also a canting part of the arms, since the Serbian
word for that flower is “ljiljan” and Armiger’s mother’s name is
Ljiljana. The bordure Vert represents Banat; Green being the armiger’s
The Crest lymphad stands for the Armiger’s family Patron Saint St.
Nicholas and the flags bear Serbian national colours. The harp on the
sail was chosen to represent art. The harp and lymphad also allude to
the armiger being an Irish (Gaelic) speaker, since the word lymphad
comes from “long fhada”, meaning “long ship”.
The armiger possesses an heraldic badge of: Upon a pomme, between two
fleur-de-lis Or a linden tree eradicated Argent. The badge is of the
armiger’s own design.
The armiger is a third generation native of the region of Banat, in
the Serbian Province of Vojvodina, the first generation to the two
family lines to be born in the town of Pančevo, those lines being the
paternal one of the Ristić’s (Ristiches) of Golemo Selo in the
Southern Serbia and the maternal one of the Magdas of the village of
Botoš in Banat. The paternal Serbian lineage, whose members, to the
best of Armiger’s knowledge, were dwellers of the abovementioned place
from the mid-1750s, a tradition which was terminated by the
misfortunate events of WWII that resulted in the armiger’s grandfather
moving to the region Banat.
lineage, which is of mixed Serbian, Vlach (Wallach) and German extraction, settled in the region
of Temišvar (Timisoara in what is today Romania) after the Great
Serbian Migration in the 1690s and moved south to its present location
at the end of 18th century. The branch of the familymoved to the town of Pančevo in the 1950s, where the armiger’s father assumed the surname
of Grujić (Grujich).
In accordance with the agreement made with the abovementioned Herald,
all descendants may use the same armorial design, with the right to
difference them by adding a cadency mark upon the sail on the lymphad
as they see fit.
By way of an
honourable augmentation, the armiger has been awarded the right
to use the heraldic badge of the village of Botoš. Viz: A lion
rampant Or winged of stork’s wings addorsed and elevated
brandishing a sabre Proper in his dexter paw and holding a tulip
flower Or in his sinister.
is now used by the armiger, with authority, in his standard, the
blazon of which is recorded as:
Arms of Ljubodrag Grujić in the hoist, the fly barry of four Or
and Vert charged to the dexter with the Crest and to the
sinister the Badge, that being a pomme, between two fleur-de-lis
Or a linden tree eradicated Argent and in between separated by
two bends Or fimbriated Sable inscribed with the Motto in
Serbian Cyrillic letters Постојани и праведни Vert, the field
Azure in base a barrulet wavy Argent upon which standing a lion
rampant Or winged of stork’s wings addorsed and elevated and
brandishing a sabre Proper in chief between two water-bougets a
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