Blazon of my coat of arms and introduction

Introduction

My coat of arms was designed in 2004 by Ronny Andersen, who is the Royal Danish courts armspainter, and Jesper Wasling from Svenska Heraldiska Föreningen. My shields motive is based on my family name. Bragesjö translated into English would be Bragi-lake, or as one say in English - the lake of Bragi, a God in Norse mythology. The coat of arms symbolizes the transition from my grandfathers old family name Johansson. The chalices represent Bragarfull (Bragi cup’s) or "Bragebägare" in Swedish. Bragarfull are named after the skaldic god of poetry Bragi (Brage in Swedish) and are present in many Viking tales.

Oldest version of my coat of arms. Drawing by Ronny Andersen

Swedish blazon

Sköld: Medelst en vågskura delat i rött, vari två kalkar av guld, och guld, vari en röd (öppen) krona.

Hjälmtäcke: Rött fodrat med guld.

Hjälmprydnad: En kärve av guld stående på en kälke av silver.

English blazon according to Jesper Wasling

Shield: Per fess wavy gules two cups or, and or a coronet gules.

Mantling: Gules, doubled or.

Crest: On a sleigh argent, a garb or.

German blazon according to https://heraldik-wiki.de

I have no idea about German heraldry terms or how to translate or if it is correct.

Blason: Geteilt von Rot, darin zwei goldene Pokale und Gold, darin eine rote Krone. Auf rot-goldenem Wulst ein silberner Schlitten, darauf eine goldene Korngarbe. Helmdecken rot-golde.

Simplified drawing by Magnus Bäckmark for Svenskt Vapenregister

Inspiration from other coat of arms

My crest is inspired by the main theme of a shield of a coat of arms at my mothers side. I had previous bought a brooch and later got this plate of Ryssnäs-släktens (The Ryssnäs family) coat of arms as a present from my aunt.

My shield is inspired by Trollencronas coat of arms, that I think is a very cool coat of arms, but there are many differences so my shield is unique. First there is two Bragarfull instead of one Troll. Then there is the wavy and at last a different type of crown. Where Trollencrona use a kind of Saxon crown (krona med tre spetsar) I use a kind of coronet (öppen krona). My shield has also other tinctures.

The tinctures are choosen to gold ("or" in heraldy terms) and red ("gules" in heraldry terms) since since my mothers farther was born in Skåne County (also know as Scania County) and I liked that tincture combination. My motto "Nothing is impossible" is inspired by the Swedish ski legend Gunde Svan.

Drawing by Thomas Falk

Original publishing

The image bellow is a scan from the magazine Vapenbilden 60.

Family orgin and succession

My grandfathers father Johan Alfred Johansson was baptised in Västergötland 1865 and much later moved to Eskilstuna sometimes after 1883 and latest 1897 when he married Hilda Kristina Anderssdotter. He died in Eskilstuna 1949. If one follows church books the oldest members are tracable to the farmer Nils who lived in "Vipetomten", Västergötland in 1604.

The surname Bragesjö was invented by my grandfather Gustaf (Gösta) Oskar (Johansson) Bragesjö in 1951 and taken up by him, hes wife and their children. Several years later my grandfather and my grandmother divorced and he moved to Askersund and got remarried. My grandmother never remarried and several years after that my grandfather had died she changed her surname to her maiden name Hammarberg.

For more info about genologi, family legends and family traditions, and my personal coat of arms succession, see my family tree.

Drawing by Davor Zovko