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Iens (The Netherlands)
Littenseradiel municipality, Fryslân province
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by Jarig Bakker, 11 Sep 2003
adopted 1997; Design: Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk.
Iens village (Edens)
Iens (Dutch: Edend) is a village in Littenseradiel municipality, Fryslân
province; it used to be in the former municipality of Hennaarderadeel,
with (1958) 69 inhabitants; (1974) 46. An old road sign read: "Alleen
naar Edens" (only to Edens). There is the "Sinterklazepleats",
about which a legend is told.
Iens coat of arms: in gold a green "terp" issuing from base, charged with a
yellow clover on a branch; on top with two flowers from the fan of a "swanneblom"
(a water lily); in chief a red lion passant.
Flag: diagonally divided in three stripes of green, yellow and red,
with in the canton a yellow flower from the fan of a water lily. The yellow
stripe with 2/5 flagheight.
On the terp of Iens was a "stins" (castle) of the Burmania family.
From the coat of arms of that family the clover on a branch has been taken. The
flowers have been used as a village-symbol, and were thus used on the new
village-coat of arms. The lion in chief can be seen on the bell in the village church.
The "swanneblom" flower is named "swannepopel", Latin:
Butomus umbellatus. Is that a flower which is only present in "Ever"
(as the English translation of "Iens" is)?
Design: Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk, after consultation of the local Society
for village-interests "Pleatselik Belang".
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1997.
Encyclopedie van het hedendaagse Friesland, c. 1978.
Jarig Bakker, 11 Sep 2003
Iens coat of arms
from Wapens en Flaggen fan Littenseradiel, booklet of the municipality.