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Kenneth Eugene Aberle

Registration number 20081012C

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Kenneth Eugene Aberle (1927-2007) which are offered in memoriam and conveyed to his descendants are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Or a lion passant Sable in the dexter forepaw Luthers symbol proper, on a chief Gules between two bezants a sprig with six leaves Or.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Sable a sinister arm embowed vested Murray cuff Or holding a staff Or flying a banner of the arms.
Motto: "Buy Truth and Sell It Not"


1985 American College of Heraldry

Biographical information

Kenneth Eugene Aberle was born on 20 April, 1927 to Erwin Bassett Aberle and Lillian Linnea Aberle nee’ Carlson at Minneapolis, MN. Archery and speed skating were his greatest pleasures in his youth. He graduated from West High School in the spring of 1945 at Minneapolis, MN. Ken was baptized, confirmed, and welcomed into the congregation on Palm Sunday in 1948 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Minneapolis, MN. Ken attended the University of Minnesota where he majored in Marketing and minored in Political Science. Ken met Melba Ellen Anderson the daughter of Albert E. Anderson a farmer born at Gordon Twp, Todd Co, MN. Ken and Melba were married at Sherman Oaks, CA. on 28 May, 1955. Ken and Melba's union produced six children all were born in Orange County, California and raised in the Lutheran tradition. Kenneth worked many years in purchasing as a buyer by profession. Ken died at Harris, MN, on the 4th of July, 2007 at the age of 80 years.

For extended information, see: Arms and History of Kenneth Eugene Aberle and Affiliated Families

Design rationale

The arms were designed by Dr. David Pittman Johnson and Artist Dr. Robert Bray Wingate of the American College of Heraldry. The single black lion on the field of gold is meant to say that the family is descended from those from the Swabian tribal, or stem Duchy. According to the book, the Black Forest Its People and Legends (1885) By Lisbeth Gooch Seguin, on page 37, the Swabian dwelt in the western portion of the Black Forest, having their own special dialect. The lion's second role is in the form of a canting charge for the family name, Aberle.

The Aberle surname is explained in the Dictionary of German Names by Hans Bahlow translated by Edda Gentry (for the Max Kade Institute for German American studies University of Wisconsin-Madison 1993). The Aberle surname on page 2 is as follows: "Aberle, Aberlin is the Swab.-Alem. Short form for Abrecht or Albrecht e.g, Aberlin." The book, A Dictionary of Surnames, by Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges mentions on page seven that the ABERLE name is derived from the first name, (Albrecht-Albert) meaning "noble," "bright," and "famous" (Adal being the root meaning "noble"). Spelling variations are ABERLIN, ABERLEN, and ABERLEE. -Lin, -len, -le, and -lee act as a diminutive meaning "little" or "small." 3 The lion is a traditional noble device. The book, Heraldry Sources and Meanings by Ottfried Neubecker, mentions on page 110 that the lion is a symbol of strength, agility, and in fables, he is described as being noble, and king of beasts.

The Luther Rose, being held by the lion is in reference to the fact that the family was, by tradition, Lutheran in Faith. (Johann Georg Aberle was a judge of the Ecclesiastical Court at Schwanenbach, Hornberg, Baden until his death on the 14th day of January, 1787. The prior information was provided by Trudy Schenk, an Accredited Genealogist specializing in Germanic research. The upper portion of the shield reflects the color from the sleeve on the crest, which brightens the design. The two golden coins allude to Kenneth Eugene Aberle’s profession as a buyer and his work in purchasing. The sprig of six leaves symbolically says "I am the stem and I have six fine children who are living extensions of the family." The crest shows his arm raising the family banner as the originator of the family coat of arms. The arm is vested in Murray and gold, which represent the colors of his alma mater, The University of Minnesota, which his father, Erwin Bassett

Aberle, had attended prior to Kenneth. Coincidentally, Johann Adam Aberle served as a soldier in the Badische Infantry Regiment von Neuenstein in 1825; the arms of the Grand Duchy Baden consisted of gold/yellow and red as well. The motto is taken from Proverbs 23:23, "Buy Truth and Sell It Not," which means to seek knowledge or truth, and not to forsake it. The arms began as a petition to the College as a Father’s Day gift in the spring of 1985.

Registered by

Craig Scott Aberle


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