Abdank coat of arms

Battle cry Abdaniec, Abdank, Awdaniec, Habdank, Hebdank
Alternative names Abdaniec, Abdanek, Abdank, Avdank, Awdancz, Awdaniec, Białkotka, Biłkotka, Czelejów, Habdaniec, Habdank, Haudaniec, Hawdaniec, Hebdank, Łąkotka, Łękawa, Łękawica, Skuba, Szczedrzyk
Earliest mention 1212 (seal)
Cities Obertyn, Rożniatów

Abdank is a Polish coat of arms. It was used by several szlachta families in the times of the Kingdom of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.[2][3]


Gules łękawica[4] argent, crest: łąkawica as in arms.


According to Kasper Niesiecki the beginning of this shield dates from the time of Krakus, a mythological Polish monarch who founded and gave his name to the city of Kraków.[5] On Wawel Mount, where Kraków's castle stood, from the Wisła (Vistula) river side, a man-eating dragon showed up. One day a man called Skuba, a young shoemaker, took the skin of a flayed sheep, put tar and sulphur and fire-brand into it and threw it into the dragon's lair. The dragon, not recognizing the deception, assumed it was a sacrifice from the people of Kraków and ate the fake sheep. The fire in his belly ignited it and as a result the dragon became very thirsty. He drank and drank the water from the Wisła river until he finally exploded and died. For his heroic deed Krakus granted Skuba the letter "W" to his shield, standing either for wąż (snake) or for Wawel. This letter can be seen on the Abdank coat of arms. The Awdaniec Clan (such as it may be) has been called variously: "Awdaniec," "Abdaniec," "Abdanka," "Awdanc," "Awdanczyc," "Habdaniec," "Habdank," "Habdaniec," "Hebdank," "Lakotka," "Lekawa," "Lekawica," "Lekotka," "Bialkotka," "Szczedrzyk," "Skuba," and probably other things similar and dissimilar. Known recorded war cries are: "Abdaniec!," "Abdank!,""Awdaniec!," "Habdank!," and "Hebdank!."[6]

Abdank in Literature

In Henryk Sienkiewicz's "With Fire and Sword" the Cossack leader Bohdan Khmelnytsky, wishing to hide his true identity, falsely introduces himself to the main protagonist Skrzetuski as "Zenobi Abdank, Abdank Coat of Arms, Abdank with a cross, a nobleman of Kiev county".

Abdank coat of arms on a page of armorial "Orbis Poloni" written by Simon Okolski (1642, Kraków)

Notable bearers

Notable bearers of this Coat of Arms include:

See also

Related Coat of Arms



  1. Chorowiec, Oleg. Herbarz Szlachty Wołyńskiej, Vol. V, Radom 2016
  2. Paprocki, Bartosz. Herby Rycerstwa Polskiego, 1584, p. 216-229
  3. Niesiecki, Kasper. Herbarz Polski, 1839
  4. Łękawica is one of typical polish charges, similar to letter W. Alternative description two chevrons couped, reversed and conjoined.
  5. Niesiecki, Kasper. Herbarz Polski, 1839, Tom II, p. 1
  6. http://forum.ahnenforschung.net/showthread.php?t=23768

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