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Last Update: 13/07/2018

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Antonios Karagiannis

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 13th July 2018. Registration No. 0462 (Vol.3).

Arms: 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.

Motto: 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.

hye Badge of Antonios Karagiannis

The Banner of Antonios Karagiannis

The griffin 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 "cherub".

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 everyday life.

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 armiger lives.


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