Tanner Gary Lund
|Tanner Gary Lund|
|Country of Origin||United States|
These arms, while a new creation, are attributed to Carl Jonasson Lund (1751-1822) as per Swedish tradition, of whom Tanner is a direct male-line heir and inheritor. Much of the symbolism reflects both Carl and Tanner's backgrounds.
Carl was the first to assume the Lund (meaning grove) surname, and therefore is a root of the family tree as depicted. The colors represent the colors of his birthplace: Jönköping County. Carl left his agrarian background to attend the Royal Academy of Åbo. He became a priest, and both served as a personal minister to nobility and a vicar and public official of a town. His descendants, as he himself, would prove to be mobile, industrious, and curious, and religious. Tanner, for example, has lived in 6 US States, 2 Japanese Provinces, and 3 Mexican States. He is an Elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He has a BS and MS, and is pursuing a PhD.
The apple tree represents knowledge, and also has religious significance as Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The color change to white can also be interpreted as the Tree of Life. The embattlement references the arms of Carl's patron, the Baroness Wrangel. Books represent knowledge, wings symbolize power of movement or travel. The colors have additional symbolism as a representation of red and white as described in Isaiah 1:18:
"Come now, and let us reason together," saith the Lord. "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Lastly, the motto is "LJUS OCH SANNING". In English, this is "LIGHT AND TRUTH". In Hebrew, these would be "URIM" and "THUMMIM", in which God glories.