Family crest

Family crest

During the foundation of the foundation, the weapon was designed by mr. Cornelis Sparreboom and is therefore already at the top of the first family magazine in September 1990. It is approved by the CBG (Center for family history) in The Hague.

These types of images used to be painted on shields so that knights could distinguish who belonged to which group. Today we call these shields heraldic images.

Origin of the family crest

De Rijp

The design of the family crest is derived from a stained glass window in the Dutch Reformed Church in De Rijp (North Holland). That window was donated to the church by the municipality of Alkmaar in 1657 and was made by Cornelis Jansz. Sparreboom (born in Alkmaar in 1631). For unclear reason, it is not in our family tree, who knows more about it can say it. He is well described in the family magazine of April 1992..


  1. Helmet mark (with three spruce branches)
  2. Knot
  3. Helmet
  4. Tarpaulins
  5. Shield (with twills)
  6. Weapon spell



The family crest is described on the MEB as “cross-sections: I in silver two inverted green squares, the tip of the lower one touching the intersection line; II in green two silver squares, the tip of the top one touching the intersection line.” The helmet mark contains “three green spruce branches” and the tarpaulins are “green, lined with silver”.

Keper en devies

The shield is made up of ’twills’, a kind of square that we know as roof trusses. A spruce tree was often used for this (the word ‘spruce’ comes from a primal word that meant ‘leaning on something’). The motto under the coat of arms is ‘semper crescens’ (pronounced sèmper krèskèns), which means ‘ever-growing’.

Roof trusses

Family Foundation Sparreboom

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