The International Register of Arms, 13th
July 2018. Registration No. 0462 (Vol.3).
Gules, a griffin segreant Or armed Sable and langued Gules, in the
dexter claw (brandishing) bearing aloft a flaming sword Argent hilt
Gules pommel with a fleur de lis Or and in the sinister claw an open
book Argent the dexter page charged with a fleur de lis Gules the
sinister inscribed with the words ΓΝΩΘΙ ΣΑΥΤΟΝ Sable.
Crest: An owl affronty rising displayed Gules beaked
tailed and winged Or armed Gules holding in its dexter claw a spear
Gules steeled (tipped) Or.
Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.
Assumed: Greece February 11, 2018.
The last name
Karagiannis is a nick-name added four generations ago, instead
of the ordinal family last name Leloudas. Αccording to oral
family tradition the Leloudas surname comes from the French
Lelude, considering a possible blood lineage to the French
during the 13th-14th centuries (Frankish Principality of Achaea,
Peloponnese, Greece, 1204-1430 AD). The armigerís family origins
are from Achaea and Ileia, in Peloponnese.
The armiger has
chosen Or as a symbol of the sun, elevation of the mind,
generosity and a clue to Leloudas/Lelude last name, meaning a
glade or light in French. The Gules represents the red colour of
a warriorís courage, magnanimity and a tribute to a warrior
ancestry from his sixth great grandfather Tasos Leloudas,
fighter of the Greek independence revolution in 1821 to his
father Tasos Karagiannis, also a Greek army officer, fighter
both of the WW II (El Alamein, Rimini) and the Greek
Expeditionary Force in Korea war in 1950.
represents a symbol of the sun and light. Griffins are flying
the chariot of the Greek god Apollo to Hyperboreans and are
drawing the chariot of Nemesis, the Greek avenging goddess
bearing in her hand a sword. There is a griffin on the
attributed shield of Alexander the Great, depicted in a Hans
Burgkmayr engraving (1519 AD - Nine Worthies). Golden rings with
engraved griffins upon them have been found in Mycenaean tombs
in Peloponnese. Griffins are a medieval representative of the
East, under Frankish rule of Morea, the Akova castle in
Peloponnese, Greece, named as Mattegriffon, meaning griffins are
monsters like the Greeks. Additionally, a griffin is a symbol of
strength, courage, vigilance, valour and perseverance, a guard
of treasures and rapidity of execution. It dares all dangers and
even death itself. According to one etymological approach the
griffin is connected to Christianity by the words "gryps" and
The opened book
indicates a love of knowledge, love for books and an important
source for the family, creating a sufficient library. The
fleur-de-lis represents a possible blood lineage to the French
and the flaming sword focuses on Christian warriors and the
battles they fought against Muslim soldiers, especially during
the battle of Agoulinitsa (24/4/1821) and the battle of the
Agoulinitsa lagoon (10/11/1825), where the armigerís ancestor
Tasos Leloudas victoriously fought. The bookís inscription "Know
thyself" (in Greek), is the main teaching of Socrates. Through
self-knowledge and soul searching, a person can reach theosis,
an esoteric philosophy the armigerís family strives for.
Motto: Si vis
pacem, para bellum is a Latin adage translated as "If you want
peace, prepare for war" (Vegetius, inspired by Plato at Laws I,
628-629). The armiger states the value of an ongoing
preparedness and preparation.
The owl of the crest has a triple symbolism: It is a symbol of
Athens, the armigerís birth city, a symbol of education,
indicating the armigerís profession and a symbol of vigilance,
acute wit and associated with spirits. A nocturnal bird of prey
with psychic powers, the angel of death, spiritual influence,
wisdom, knowledge, inner-knowing and intuition, a messenger
between earth and heavenly spirit, can see through deception and
illusion, find hidden truths. The bird teaches us to accept the
dark side of our personality. The armiger embraces all these
aspects. The spear indicates that the armiger served in the
Hellenic Armed forces, has a devotion to honour and strives to
practice the chivalric rules of a gallant knight of old in his
Badge: The lion couchant is an emblem of restful vigilance and
conscious power, prepared instantly to attack or defend. The
White Tower is the symbol of the city of Thessaloniki, where the
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