The house of cornielje​ 

Benoit Billion

Arms Cornielje

Heraldic page on parchment with gold and silver leaves

and illuminated border

in 15th century Gothic style,

upper Rhine school.


Coat of Arms Cornielje

Arms: Sable between two wings displayed a rose Argent seeded Or barbed Vert between the primary feathers a coronet Or of twelve points each

adorned with a pearl and in base a mullet of six points Argent.

Crest:  A demi lion Gules grasping a lyre of five strings the outer being paint brushes the central being a snake Argent charged on the soundbox with five mullets Sable.

Mantling: Dexter Sable doubled Argent and sinister Gules doubled Or.

Torse: Sable Argent Gules Or Sable.

Meaning of the charges and symbols in the
shield and crest of the Cornielje Arms

 The shield is sable and shows 2 wings Argent

combined with 3 other charges.

Above a Freiherrenkrone, in the centre a rose
Argent seeded Or and barbed vert and in base a mullet argent.


The colour sable stands for modesty and for
the acceptance of something higher, something perhaps unreachable. Sable also
stands for being strong and honorable. Two virtues the armiger much


The Freiherrenkrone represents the family on
maternal side of the armiger, it also hints to the noble past of his family on
paternal side: two ancestors were ennobled and one of his ancestors stems from
the family Le Pesant de Bois-Guilbert a noble family from Rouen.


The two wings Argent are ‚speaking parts’  Saxen are in German parts of eagles wings.
Part of the family on the maternal side stem
from Sachsony and Bohemia. The wings also represent Max and Moritz, the two sons oft he armiger
as well as his parents.

 Each wing has 7 feathers, they represent the 2
parents and the armiger & his 4 siblings. 

The wings represent furthermore the extensive
travels the armiger made and makes in his life, due to his profession.


The rose Argent represents the house of York.
It points to the origins on maternal side of the sons oft he armiger:

their mother, Claire Elisabeth Daniels, comes from York.

 The rose also represents with its 5 leaves the armiger and his siblings.

The golden centre of the heart represents Amelia, the daughter of the armiger.

 The heraldic rose resembles a flower named ‚Kornoelje’ in Dutch,

of course this phonetical resemblance is represented here as well.

 The third name of the sister of the armiger is Rose.


The mullet argent represents the wife of the
armiger who was born in Israel. It is also a symbol for the southern cross,
wich in itself is again a reference to the travels of the armiger.

 The star also symbolizes the planet Venus and
with that it symbolizes love. As a catholic family, the star is also seen as a
symbol for the birth of Jezus Christ.


 The crest of the Cornielje arms shows a red

demi-lion rampant holding a lyra argent, the outer string replaced by paint
brushes, the middel one by a snake. In the bow of the Lyra are 5 mullets sable.

The lion is a reference to several different arms:

The arms of Pierre Corneille,

a direct ancestor of the armiger.

The arms of Castle Bergh, the armiger is part
of the knighthood of the castle
​(an honorary title, not an actual knighthood).

The arms of the family Le Pesant de Bois-Guilbert.

The arms of the town s-Heerenberg,

where the armiger was born.

The arms oft he municipality of Montferland.

The arms oft he municipality of Bergh.


The lyra represents musik and art, two very
important subjects in the history of the armiger and his family.

 The paintbrushes in the lyra represent this as well.

The snake in the lyra represents the fact that
3 of his siblings are working (or use to work) in the medical profession.

The snake represents in heraldry also the blacksmith:

the father of the armiger was originally a blacksmith.

​The 5 mullets sable in the bow represent again
the armiger and his 4 siblings.


 The mantling is chosen to go with the colours

of the whole ensemble.


As a helmet the ususal helmet for burgher arms

in Germany was chosen, however, since the family is of Dutch descend, there is
also the option to portrait the arms with the ususal barred Dutch helmet.


Our motto  - Audentes Fortuna Iuvat - was used by Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix

of the Roman Cornelian Family. 

It is also the motto of the Yorkshire Regiment. The white rose of York is one of the charges in our coat of arms. Our motto means:

'Fortune Favors The Brave'.

Something the Cornieljes also nowadays strongly believe in!