In terms of the Heraldry Act, Act no. 18 of 1962, family coats of arms may only be used if they are registered with the Bureau of Heraldry. Only the person in whose name it is registered may use the design and it may only be transferred from the bearer to his eldest son upon death.
A VERMEULEN FAMILY COAT OF ARMS
In the Cape Archives is a lacquer print of a VERMEULEN family crest. The print is on a letter - dated 1774 - from a Jan VERMEULEN, councilor of Batavia.
The crest consists of:
1. In red a silver windmill seen from behind;
2. In green two intertwined snakes of gold, placed upright;
3. In gold three black crows;
4. In blue a wavy pole of silver.
A print of the coat of arms, in color, appears in the book, "Die Groot Afrikaanse Familie-naamboek" by C Pama.
As no evidence could be found that any of the current South African VERMEULENS are a direct descendant, father to eldest son, of the original bearer of the crest, it cannot legally be used by any of our VERMEULENS. The crest was also not registered in South Africa and it is not possible to register it here.
Progenitor - Jan Willemsz - was born in about 1659 and is not a descendant of Jan VERMEULEN of Batavia!
Progenitor - Dirk Cornelisz was born in 1680 and is not a descendant of Jan VERMEULEN of Batavia!
However, a family-bond coat of arms may be designed and registered with the Bureau. All members of the Bond may then use such a family bond coat of arms.
In terms of local legislation, it was possible to obtain a family coat of arms that may be used by the Southern African VERMEULEN descendants which are members of the Bond.
This is an image of the VERMEULEN coat of arms as it appears in 'Die Groot Afrikaanse Familienaamboek', C Pama. 1983. (Published by: Human & Rousseau)
PLEASE NOTE THIS COAT OF ARMS MAY NOT BE USED BY OUR VERMEULENS
(Authorization for the publication of the coat of arms and information was granted to the BOND OF THE VERMEULEN FAMILY by the Publishers, NB Publishers.)
The VERMEULEN Family Bond was established on 20 March 2000.
A national coat of arms has since been designed and registered by the Bureau of Heraldry on 2001-02-23.
The registration of the coat of arms of the BOND VAN DIE VERMEULEN FAMILY, appears in Government Gazette, number.22068, Government Notice, number 166 dated 23 February 2001. Registration reference H4 / 3/1/3933.
The Coat of Arms now enjoys legal protection under the Heraldry Act, Act no. 18 of 1962.
The Bond itself, as well as all legal members and friends of the Bond, are authorized to use the Coat of Arms. Members/Friends must indicate that they are a Member/Friend of the Bond.
DESIGN OF THE COAT OF ARMS
(i) Colors: Both progenitors are from Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Dutch flag colors viz. Blue, White and Red were therefore used.
(ii) The windmill: The windmill forms the basis of the design as the name VERMEULEN is derived from mill / miller.
(iii) Swords: Progenitor Jan landed at the Cape as a soldier in the service of the V.O.C. The VERMEULENS were further involved in all wars. The swords thus commemorate our military involvement.
(iv) V-shaped placements: The swords as well as the white part in which the mill is placed are in the shape of a V depicting the name VERMEULEN.
(v) The Slogan: NON PAREIL: The slogan is pronounced “NO PAREE” and is Flemish words meaning: NOTHING BETTER.
BELOW A COPY OF THE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE HERALDIC COUNCIL.
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