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Sijbrandahuis (The Netherlands)

Dantumadeel municipality, Fryslân province

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[Sijbrandahuis village flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 23 Aug 2003

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Sijbrandahuis village (Sibrandahûs)

At this webpage are flag and Coat of Arms of Sijbrandahuis village, in the municipality of Dantumadiel, Fryslân.
Alex Bouma, the webmaster of the site, writes:
"The village is in north-Dantumadeel. The name consists of a Christian name Sijbrand / Siebrand and house. Sijbrand is a composition of the German "sig", meaning victory, "brand, meaning (flaming) sword. The name therefore means "(flaming) sword of victory. The Nederlands Hervormde Church of Sijbrandahuis was built in the 13th century in red brick. It is remarkable by the special ornaments on the walls. Under the choir is a grave-cellar of the family of Tjaerda van Starkenborch. The chevron on the flag refers to the roof of the church, the red color to the red bricks, while the flaming sword shows the meaning of the name
Sijbrand/sybrand. In the upper part of the coat of arms are the colors and symbols of the arms of the family of Tjaerda van Starkenborch. This coat of arms is in or with a sable eagle facing sinister, which has a rope in its beak holding an or shield with a red lion. Only the heads of the eagle and lion have been depicted as pars-pro-toto (parts for the whole). The eagle is the king of birds and the lion the king of animals and are both very popular as animals on arms. In the flag the red house is clearly recognizable, and on this the flaming sword has been placed as a symbol of the name of the village."
Jarig Bakker, 24 Apr 2003

I decided to take a drive past the hamlet of Sijbrandahuis (its official name still has the Dutch and not the Frisian spelling of Sibrandahûs, as the municipality of Dantumadeel has not, as yet, joined the ever so slowly increasing group of Frisian municipalities who have changed the names of their towns and villages to the language they should be using: Frisian). It consists of little more than a few farms and one or two private homes. Its total population is 57. Its little church is described, on the sign leading to it, as a 13th Century Monastery Chapel, probably once part of the Claerkampster Monastery. It is about 7 kilometres from my home in Wânswert.
André van de Loo, 26 Apr 2003


Sijbrandahuis coat of arms

[Sijbrandahuis coat of arms] image from this webpage, reported by Jarig Bakker, 24 Apr 2003