Tjong Akiet Family


.Randolph Tjong Akiet coat of arms.


Registered in The Chinese Armorial, December 15, 2018.

Arms: Gules, a horseshoe argent surmounted by a horizontally placed hand bow and an arrow pointing upwards argent, with a bowstring or

Crest: on a wreath of the colours, a tower vert

Private Registrations:  

Heraldisch Bureau Nagtegaal, April 9, 2018.

Wazamar, April 9, 2018.

Background and History:

This is the coat of arms for all name bearing descendants of Tjong Akiet (1845-1929).

This armigerous family  is originally from Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America. The family members are direct descendants of  Tjong Akiet (born on May 15, 1845, in China, died on October 10, 1929) and his wife Sam Tjau (born March 17, 1870 in Cottica, Suriname, died on February 27, 1960, in Paramaribo, Suriname). Tjong Akiet was the family’s  first ancestor to settle in Suriname.

This is a canting coat of arms. The family name (張 亞 吉) is a combination of three words in Hakka. The first word is "Tjong" (張, Zhang in Mandarin, Cheung in Cantonese), which means "archer". The third word, "Kiet"( 吉), means good fortune. The bow and arrow symbolizes the archer, and the horseshoe symbolizes good fortune (The middle word, "Ah", 亞 , is a prefix used in front of a person's name as a sign of courtesy or respect).

The tower alludes to the town of Domburg in Suriname, from which the family comes. The tower is green indicate that the family comes from the tropical Domburg in Suriname and not the town of Domburg in the Netherlands.

 The colours red and green and the metals white (silver) and gold (yellow) represent the colours of the flag of Suriname. The colours and metals also symbolize good fortune (red), purity and loyalty (white/silver), health and prosperity (green), and wisdom (gold/yellow).

The coat of arms was designed by Heraldisch Bureau Nagtegaal.

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