Dantumawoude is a villagequarter of Damwoude in the municipality of Dantumadeel,
Fryslân. Until 1971 it was a separate village with the Frisian name
of Damwâld; in 1971 the villages of Dantumawoude/Damwâld, Akkerwoude/Ikkerwâld,
and Murmerwoude/Moarmwâld (in popular (very erroneous) etymology
this was "Moardnerswâld" = Murderers wood, referring to St. Boniface's
death) merged to form the new village of Damwoude/Damwâld. Damwoude
doesn't have a flag (yet). The village church of Dantumawoude dates from
the 12th century, so it is a rather old (ex)village.
The "Vereniging van Dorpsbelangen wijk Dantumawoude" (Society
for the interest of the villagequarter of Dantumawoude) has applied for
a Coat of Arms and flag, which were granted by the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk.
Coat of Arms: in gold an enhanced green basem charged with a golden curved base,
charged with a red foxhead; in gold on the dividing line three white castles,
open and windows; the left castle surmonté a green alderleave.
Flag: divided in two stripes yellow and red with a zigzag of three,
and the red part has three points with height at 3/4 flag height. At 1/10
flag height from the top a narrowed green stripe of 1/10 flag height. In
the lower fly corner a white castle of 11/30 flag height, open and windowed.
Because the village of Dantumawoude no longer exists the coat of arms and flag
have been designed on behalf of the "vereniging van Dorpsbelangen wijk
The design has been made in such a way that it can also be used by
the former village of Murmerwoude and Akkerwoude, with possibly different
elements in the coat of arms. Furthermore it may serve as a basic design for the
village of Damwoude.
The three castles spresent the three former villages, the alder leaf
shows the relative geographical position of Dantumawoude, and at the same
time points it the "woude"-part in the village name.
The curved golden part in the base of the shield refers to a sand ridge
here, on which the three villages have been built. In gold is the red fox head,
referring to the presence of old here of foxes, and at the same time to
the municipal arms.
The flag is a simplification of the coat of arms. The three points in the zigzag line
represent the three former villages; the position of the
castle is again a representation of the relative geographical position
of Dantumawoude. The alder leaf is replaced by the green stripe.
Design: R.J. Broersma, after consultation with the forenamed Vereniging.
Source: Encyclopedie van Friesland (1958).
Genealogysk Jierboekje 1996.
Jarig Bakker, 23 Aug 2003