My crest inspiration from Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms

About Ryssnäs-släkten (The Ryssnäs family)

Ryssnäs-släkten is a family compound from Borås that I am am member of from my mothers side and I am listed in their book. Ryssnäs-släkten is farming family found documented from the early 1700s. The family dates back from the farmer Nils Annonsson who lived in Ryssnäs, Viared in Borås, Sweden. Ryssnäs-släkten used to be Swedens largest documented family. Today it is beaten by Långaryds-släkten (The Långaryds family).

Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms is based upon an old family story. The legend says that when Borås was on fire 1681 Nils Annonssons son Nils Nilsson was in hurry to get home from a business trip from Russia so he crossed the ice in a sleigh covered by a wheat sheaf ("garb" in heraldy terms) to protect him from the cold.

Ryssnäs-släktens crest symbolizes the Wrangel cavalry regiment since the oldest known members where first farmers (frälsebonde) under house Wrangel and later supporting farmers (rusthållare) for the regiment.

Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms was designed by Gunnar Clements in 1955.

Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms as a brooch

Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms swedish blazon according to plate

Sköld: "I blått fält på silverne sköldfot en silverne kälke försedd med en upprätt gyllene kärve".

Hjälmprydnad: "Ett silverne hästhuvud med utslagen man mellan en silverne och blått växelvis delad örnflykt".

Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms

Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms according to a image I got from Svenska Heraldiska Föreningen and an alternative version I found at Internet. I have no idea about tincture differences.

Inspiration from Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms

My crest is not identical to Ryssnäs-släktens shield at their coat of arms. It is however inspired by the main theme of the shield, the sleigh and the wheat sheaf ("garb" in heraldy terms). There are a few differences. For example there is no ice bellow the sleigh and there is no blue ("azure" in heraldry terms) field around the sleigh or the wheat sheaf. It is also a crest and not a shield item. In the better interpretations, like in Davor Zovkos version there are futher differences as well. Note that my crest is only a sign of distant relation nothing more and nothing less, the shield of my coat of arms has nothing to do with Ryssnäs-släkten.

Ryssnäs-släktens coat of arms has also been an inspiration for other coat of arms as well from other Ryssnäs-släktens members, like for example to a new shield in Fredrik Holms shield as a member of the Freemasons. It is possible to use parts of a shield as a part of a new shield or some of a shields items as a crest without claiming to be the only true heir to the inspirational the coat of arms.

My coat of arms. Drawing by Davor Zovko

Compare the small differences of both sleigh type (kicksled in this version) and that the wheat sheaf ("garb" i heraldry terms) is tied with a green("vert" i heraldry terms) stem with two green grain ears.


Fredrik Holms shield as a member of the Freemasons

Large families in Sweden

As I understand, Ryssnäs-släktens has also some unexplored branshes including in 1700s and 1800s, and new members are not researched about but are manually reported by listed members themself. I also share a Ryssnäs member who was born in 1850 with a person I know but the person decendens from an other of her childs that was not listed so they are not in the book.

There are also many other family compounds in Sweden that has a coat of arms. A few of them are at mentioned in Svenskt Vapenregister and other has posted their coat of arms in for example Vapenbilden or Skandinavisk Vapenrulla.

Sweden has also other large families besides Långaryds-släkten and Ryssnäs-släkten like a very large numbers of Vasa decendens. Per Andersson made a large book project of Vasa decendens but it does not cover none Swedish lines, even if a none Swedish Vasa decendent moved to Sweden, or bastard lines that was not official unlike some branshes that was ennobled. There are lots of uncovered Vasa bastard decendens that are unconfirmed and the two Bernadottes who had most bastard rumors, Kron-Kalle (Karl XV) and Oskar II, both decendent from House Vasa on their mother sides from none Swedish lines.

The Bernadotte bastard decendens are difficult to confirm, especially since the Royal Court of Sweden refuses DNA tests, but rumors speaks of several 100:s on Oskar II alone and on Kron-Kalle alone and since that time several generations has passed meaning it could be 1000:s of decendens today. There are also other examples from other Houses with Vasa blood. For example before he became king, Karl X Gustaf of House Pfalz got several illegitimate childs on Öland.

The Swedish noble house with most living members is currently House Uggla that has many branshes but perhaps maybee not as great members as the numbers as Långaryds-släkten or Ryssnäs-släkten or House Vasa. Some branches of House Uggla decendens from House Vasa.

There are of course also cases where Church books has been burned up making it impossible to go back any further or follow a line regardless of origin.