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Gravestone Symbols
Their Meaning
All tombstone embles are from tombstones located in Grayson County cemeteries.

Alpha and Omega The beginning and the end

American Flag Courage, Pride

Anchor Well grounded hope, Steadfastness, Eternal life.

Angel A Guide to Heaven
Angel, Praying Advocate asking God for mercy on behalf of the deceased

Arch Passage to heaven, Victory over death
Arrow Mortality, Martyrdom
Bee flying with a gun Seebees - US Navy
Beehive Domestic virtue, Faith, Education, Human industry
Bell Religious faith, Religion

Bird Eternal Life; Peace; Spirituality

Bird, flying Ressurection
Boat A voyage or journey to the other side

Book or Bible Knowledge, Open Heart, Deceased's Lifetime Accomplishments.

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
BRCA Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America
Buds Renewal of life, Loss of a young soul
Butterfly Rurrection, Early death.
Candle The Spirit of the Soul
Calla Lily Beauty
Chain, broken links Death of a Spouse
Chain, three links Independent Order of the Oddfellows
ChaliceThe Sacrements

Circle Eternal Life
Clock Passage of Time

Cross - Roman or Latin Faith, Eternity
Cross, Maltese with Firefighter Equipment Fighters Emblem
Cross with JesusThe Crucifixion; The Sacrifice of Christ
Coffin Mortality, Death
Column Noble life of the deceased or the head of the family
Column, Broken Decay / Loss of the Head of the Family
Compass & Square Mason
Corn Rebirth, Fertility
Cross, Celtic Taking the form of a cross within a circle represents eternity
Cross, Presbyterian Presbyterian Religion

Cross, Roman or Latin Came about as a result of the Great Schism between Eastern Orthodoxy & Roman Catholicism
Cross with Crown Sovereignty of the Lord
Cross with Flame Methodist Religion
Cross with Jesus Christ The Crucifixion; The Sacrifice of Christ
Crown Glory of life after death
Daffodil / Narcissus Rebirth, Ressurection
Daisy Innocence of a child

Dog Loyalty, Fidelity, Vigilance
Dove Innocence, Peace
Dove, Ascending Soul rising to Heaven
Dove, Decending Decent from Heaven to accompany soul to Heaven
Dove, Flying Resurrection
Dove, holding an olive branch Soul has reached divine peace in Heaven
Drapery Mourning, Mortality
Dragon Imperial Power
Eagle Deceased was a veteran
Eagle clutching Arrows with Shield United States Army
Easter Lily Purity, Chastity
Female Figure Sorrow, Grief
Fern Humility, Sincerity

Finger pointing upward The pathway to Heaven
Fish Spiritual nourishment, Faith, Christianity

Flame Life, Resurrection.
Flower Immortality, Fragility of life
Free MasonMortality
Fruit Eternity
G.A.R. Deceased was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic
Garland Victory over death
Grapes Blood of Christ; Sacrament
Grim Reaper Inevitability of death
Gate Pearly Gates, Entrance to Heaven
Hammer & Saw Building tools; Woodwork
Harp Praise to God; Hope
Hand holding chain with broken link Death of a family member
Hands clasped Farewell and the hope of meeting again in eternity
Hands praying Asking God for Eternal Live
Hand pointing up Pathway to Heaven
Hands reaching for the Lord's hand Faith that the Lord will help us enter Heaven, Eternal Life
Hands with Rosery Beads Catholic Religion
Heart Love, Devotion, Joy, and Mortality
Horns Resurrection
Horse Death - White horse represents good; Black horse represents evil
Hourglass Passage of time
Ivy Friendship, eternal life and immortality
KeyKey to unlock gates of heaven; a learned  person; knowledge of the scriptures
Knights of Pythias An International Fraternity that promotes univeral peace
Knot Marriage, Unity
Lamp Wisdom, Faithfulness
Lamb innocence

Laurel Worldly accomplishments, Heroism
Lily Purity, Chastity, Resurrection
Lily of the Valley Rebirth, Innocence, Purity, Virginity
Lion Strength, Courage
Lotus Purity, Creation, Rebirth
Menorah Emblem of Judasim
Moon Death, Rebirth, or Victory
Myrtle Leaves Undying love, Peace
Morning Glory Beginning of life along with Beauty, Youth, Love
OES, 5 pointed star Order of the Eastern Star
Oak Leaf Long Life, Strength, Endurance, Faith and Virtue
Olive Branch Peace, Fruitfulness, Forgiveness, Purification, Humanity, Victory
Owl Wisdom, Watchfulness
Ox Patience, Strength
Pall Mortality
Palm Success, Victory over death, Eternal peace
Passion CrossK.C.C.H. (Knight Commander Court of Honor)
Masonic Honor
Pine Tree, Cones, Branches, Needles Immortality
Plow The harvest, The reaping of one’s life
Poppy Eternal sleep
Pyramid Resurrection, Eternal life, Enlightenment, Spiritual attainment
Rabbit Humility, Gentleness, Self-sacrifice
Rainbow Union or fulfillment of the promise of resurrection
Rifle Military Service
Rooster Awakening, Vigilance, Resurrection

Rosary Catholic Religion, Constant prayer for the deceased person
Rosemary Remembrance
Rose, fully opened Love, Beauty, Victory, Triumph, Purity

Rosebud Death early in life

Scroll Life, Time
Scythe Death, The final harvest
Sheaf of Wheat Old age, Fruitful life
Shell Baptism, Rebirth
Ship The church, Life on the sea like that of a fisherman or Sailor.
Shoes Empty shoes with one overturned - loss of a child
ShrinersImperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
Skeleton Death. Life's brevity on earth
Skull Death, Mortality
Sleeping Child Victorian Era symbol of Death
Southern Cross of Honor Usually found on tombstone of a Confederate Veteran
Spinning Wheel over Distaff filled with Flax Daughters of the American Revolution

Star Divine Guidance
Star, five pointed Star of Bethlehem
Star. six pointed Creation
Sun The soul rising to heaven
Sunflower Devotion to God
Swallow motherhood or the spirit of children
Sword Represents martyrdom; crossed swords are found on
grave stones of veterans, especially officers
Thistle Earthly sorrow, Remembrance
Torch Enlightenment, Zeal, Liberty, Immortality.
Tree Life, Human fragility
Tree Trunk, broken Premature death, Mourning
Triangle The Holy Trinity
Trowel Mortality, Death
Trumpet Resurrection, Entry into Heaven
Tulip Love, Passion.
Urn The soul, Immortality, Penitence
Vacant Chair Death of a child
VeteranVeteran of World War II
Violet Humility
Wheat Divine Harvest
Wheat Shaft
Wheel The cycle of life, Enlightenment, Spiritual power

Weeping Willow Mourning, Grief, Sadness, Lamentation
Wings with AnchorU.S. Navy

Wings with Crest U.S. Air Force Pilot
Woodmen of the World Membership in the WOW fraternal organization
Wreath Victory of death over life

List of Gravestone Symbols and Their Meanings

All symbols found on tombstones in Cemeteries in Grayson County, Texas

Cemetery Research
Elaine Nall Bay