The armiger was born in
Ghent and the arms, approved by the Flemish Heraldic Council in 2016
may be used by all living name-bearing descendants of Hubertus
Pieter August Baeckeland (b. Ghent 1931 d. Ghent 2014) and Ariella
Edmonde Germaine Vandenbogaerde (b. Ghent 1931 – d. Ghent 2004).
The tinctures of Argent (white or
silver) and Vert (green or sinople in the old French form of blazon)
refer to the colours of the coat of arms of Eeklo where the
registrant spent his childhood.
The Gules (red) and Or (gold) in the
crest allude to the colours of the coat of arms of Kruishoutem, the
oldest known cradle, or origin, of the family. (A.D. 1651).
The pince-nez refers to Oudenaarde where
many generations of the family lived in its suburbs. The hem, or
braided cord/rope, of Sable (black) and Argent (white) refers to the
nickname of the inhabitants of Ghent (Stroppendragers = noose
carriers) where the applicant was born. The cloverleaves stand for
the possession of land.
The fringed lozenge strewn with clover
leaves forms the canting element of the arms: delimited, fenced