Ancient and noble German family, of clear and ancestral virtue, that has worldwide spread, over the centuries. Originally from Brunswick, in Lower Saxony, the family had been ennobled with the title of knights of Holy Roman Empire in the person of Philipp von Westphalen (1724 – 1792), olim Westphal, by Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick, for his military services, on May 23, 1764. He had in fact served as the duke's de facto "chief of staff" during the Seven Years' War. Philipp von Westphalen was the father of Johann Ludwig von Westphalen (July, 11 1770 – March, 3 1842), a liberal Prussian civil servant and the father-in-law of Karl Marx. His daughter Jenny von Westphalen (February, 12 1814 – December, 2 1881) married Karl Marx in 1843. She was a theater critic and a political activist. The family received "confirmation de noblesse" on November 5, 1812 and "reconnaissance de noblesse" on ...
Variations Last Name: Westphalen von Fürstenberg,Edle von Westphalen
1° Coat of arms of family Westphalen
Language of the text: English
Party per fesse; 1° azure; a fesse argent with three suspended bells of the same ; 2° party per pale; a. or, a lion gules; b. gules, a fesse or with two suspended bells of the same. Two helmets crowned. Crest: 1° an eagle issuant regardant sable. Lambrequin argent and azure. 2° two elephant's trunks, dexter or and gules and sinister azure and argent. Lambrequin: or and gules.
Coat of arms of family Westphalen from Brunswick, knights of Holy Roman Empire since 23 May 1764, "confirmation de noblesse" 5 November 1812, "reconnaissance de noblesse" 1 October 1834; source: "Armorial Général par J.B.Rietstap - Deuxième èdition refondue et augmentée - Tome II L-Z" page 1079.
Argent, a fesse gules under a label of five points sable. Crest: a hat gules upturned argent adorned with two ostrich feathers, dexter gules and sinister argent. Lambrequin: argent and gules. Supporters: two lions regardant or. Motto: FAIS QUE DOIS ARRIVE QUE POURRA. Mantling: gules and ermine.
Coat of arms of family Westphalen or Westphalen von Fürstenberg from Hesse, Bohemia (counts of the Holy Roman Empire since 28 June 1792); source: "Armorial Général par J.B.Rietstap - Deuxième èdition refondue et augmentée - Tome II L-Z" page 1079.
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