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adopted c. 2004; original design: Kl. Sierksma
Makkum is a village in Wûnseradiel municipality in the province
Flag: per hoistdiagonal yellow over green; at the hoist the narrowed municipal flag.
adopted 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma.
Arms: Azure a mermaid or, holding in her right hand a sailing boat argent, and in her left hand a lime-kiln argent.
The symbolism of this old Coat of Arms is that all prosperity for Makkum originates in the sea: fishing and chalk. The chalk-industry has disappeared, and fishing is disappearing gradually. According to Mr. Sierksma Makkum used to have another Coat of Arms: a deer statant. That is no longer in use.
This is no longer true: Makkumer pottery is prospering more than ever, and there are several wharfs for yachting boats - one is even producing ships for filthy rich people. The maid could afford a furcoat :-)
Nickname: "Strânjutters" - beachcombers
"Migen" - relatives (Dutch: "magen") - honorific name for people who value their relatives.
Source: It Beaken, jrg. xxxi, # 3-4, Dec 1969
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998
Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005