Gaastmeer (Frisian: De Gaastmar) is a village in Wymbritseradiel municipality,
Fryslân province, with (1958) 352; (1974) 245 inhabitants. It is
a village between several lakes. Until 1914 eel-fishing was quite important
- eels were exported even to London (GB).
Nickname: "Otterfretters" (ottereaters), "Bleien" (white breams).
Gaastmeer coat of arms: in green a golden eel, placed in S-form, with the tail
upwards and going dexter under him; a blue canton charged with a golden
Flag: three horizontal wavy stripes of blue, yellow, and green, proportioned
3:1:3; in the canton a white fish of 3/14 flag height.
The flag-design was thought out by the villagers: the blue water over
the green meadows. The green wavy stripe accentuates the wavy water, and
represents to the eel from the coat of arms; the fish symbolizes Gaastmeer as a
The coat of arms is based on the coat of arms of the neighbouring village of Heeg.
The fleur-de-lis is from the arms of Wymbritseradiel. The color green on
the coat of arms was chosen in order to make it look different from the Heeg arms.
The yellow color of the eel was chosen, because the eels provided money
for the villagers' purses.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1991.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 22 Sep 2003