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The original Coat-of-Arms was made up of
two shields, representing the Onaz and
Loyola families. The Onaz shield consisted
of seven red bars on a field of gold, which
commemorated the Onaz brothers. The
seven bars were granted them as a mark
of honour by the King of Spain, in
recognition of their bravery.
The Loyola shield was more intricate. The name Loyola was represented
by wolves and a pot. The words "Lobo y Olla" in Spanish means
literally "wolf and pot." The wolf in those days stood for nobility and the
design, as a whole, represented generosity. It seemed that the Loyolas
were so generous, even wolves might feast copiously after the whole Loyola
retinue had been supplied from their pot. The two families were united in
marriage in 1261.
As the Onaz family was the father's family, the original combination of the
shields showed the Onaz shield in the place of honour, on the right. As the years
passed, the two families came to live in one castle, that of Loyola, and the Loyola
shield eventually gained the position of honour. The name Loyola honours the
most famous of the Loyolas, St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit order.
The crest sometimes appears with the words "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" - for the
greater glory of God in place of the words "Loyola y Onaz."
To celebrate Loyola's Centennial year, four
teachers designed a Centennial Crest to
include all the symbols associated with Loyola
of Montreal since its founding in 1896.
The two dominant components of the crest
are the wolves and pot in the center.
The name Loyola comes from the Spanish
"Lobo y Olla", which means "wolves" and
"pot". The seven bars which comprise the
upper left and lower right quadrants of the
crest, represent the seven brothers of the
Loyola family. The other quadrants are
divided into octants to house the four symbols of the founding nations:
the Irish shamrock, the Scottish heather, the French fleur-de-lys and the
English rose. The Canadian maple leaf is featured at the bottom with the
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