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Last Update: 21/10/2020

Filip-Lucian Iorga Phd.

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 9th October 2020. Registration No. 0573 (Vol.4).

Arms: Azure, an opened book Argent above a mount surmounted by a stone Latin cross Argent; chaussé Vert, dexter a rifle Or, sinister a sword Or.

Crests: Dexter, a horse contourné forcené Argent; sinister, issuant from a coronet Or, a rising great bustard the wings displayed and elevated Proper with an arrow in its chest Or.

Motto: La valeur n'attend pas le nombre des années.

Battle Cry: Poiana.

Assumed: Romania May 2020.

Design: Tudor-Radu Tiron, PhD. Emblazoned by the armiger.

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                                                Filip-Lucian Iorga Phd.

The armiger, Filip-Lucian Iorga (b. 1982), PhD, a Romanian historian, writer and professor, member of the Royal Historical Society, of the Heraldry Society and of the Romanian Jockey Club, is the descendant of an old Romanian moșneni family, the Bărbulescu-Stănescu of Poiana and Pisculeasca. 

The moșneni were part of the Wallachian medieval aristocracy, an equivalent of the English gentry. The moșneni of Poiana, in the Ialomița county, owned their estate since at least the 16th century. They were landowners and warriors. A family legend speaks about an ancestor who fought, around 1600, against the Ottomans, alongside Michael the Brave, the famous Wallachian prince who united for the first time Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania. 

One branch of the moșneni of Poiana, the Poenaru-Bordea, received several boyar ranks (mare stolnic, serdar, logofăt, paharnic, pitar) and they were related to many important Romanian aristocratic families, including the Ghika princely family, to the Russian counts Kiseleff and the barons Sachellarie. Colonel Gheorghe Poenaru-Bordea (a direct descendant of Barbu Roșul from 1639) was the first Romanian officer who died in World War I. 

The Bărbulescu-Stănescu branch originates from Priest Radu, an Eastern Orthodox priest born around 1730, the father of Moșnean Barbu Poppa Radu (1788-1888). The family owned parts of the Poiana and Pisculeasca estates in the Ialomița county, southeast Romania. They were warriors, landowners, priests and scholars related to families like the Moldavian boyars Străjescu (related to the Phanariot princes Mavrogheni), the Russian nobles Onou (related to the princes Trubetzkoy, the princes Shakhovskoy, the counts Chreptowicz-Bouteneff and the barons Jomini) and the von Kraus (Saxon nobles from Transylvania). 

The traditional stone cross from the coat of arms, similar to the family crosses still extant in Poiana, evokes the Christian tradition of the family and the fidelity to the Church. The cross stands on a mount that evokes one of the family estates, named Pisculeasca. The Romanian “pisc” means “mount”. The opened book evokes the family members who were priests, teachers, professors, scholars and writers. Several members of the family taught at the school of Poiana, founded by the moșneni as one of the first schools in the Romanian countryside. The Vert tincture evokes the name of the main family estate, Poiana, that means “meadow”, and the family’s love for freedom. 

The sword brings to memory the family members who fought, during the Middle Ages, against the invaders, in order to protect their country’s freedom. In modern times, many members of the Bărbulescu-Stănescu family fought in World War I and World War II. 

The rifle evokes Stan Bărbulescu (1843-1898), great-great-grandfather of the armiger, who shot a bird, during a hunting party at the Poiana estate, at the age of five and was nicknamed The Rifleman. Also, several members of the family fought as artillerymen in the Romanian Royal Army.

The motto, inspired by Pierre Corneille’s Le Cid, refers to Stan Bărbulescu’s deed, but also to the nobility, the bravery and the various talents of the family members. 

The coronet evokes the noble status of the Bărbulescu-Stănescu family, as moșneni of Poiana and Pisculeasca. The great bustard from the crest is the traditional bird of the Bărăgan plane and the Ialomița county, now extinct from the region. The horse from the dexter crest evokes the ancient heraldic symbol of the Râmnicu-Sărat county, the ancestral home of the armiger’s paternal family, the Iorga (Constantin Iorga, the paternal grandfather of the armiger, a history teacher and direct descendant of Priest Ene Referendaru, fought in World War II and was a Knight of the Order of the Crown of Romania). 

Decoration: The Medal of King Michael I for Loyalty, received by the armiger in 2008 from HM King Michael of Romania (1921-2017). 

Design: The coat of arms was created and drawn by the famous Romanian heraldist, Mr. Tudor-Radu Tiron, PhD, a member of the International Academy of Heraldry, of the National Committee of Heraldry, Genealogy and Sigillography of the Romanian Academy and a Senior Adviser at the Romanian Presidential Administration, the Chancellery of Orders. 

This coat of arms was inspired by an older version of the Bărbulescu-Stănescu coat of arms, created by Colonel and engineer Mircea Stănescu (1923-2000), Knight of the Order of the Crown of Romania, and his grandson, the armiger. Assumed in Romania, in 1999. Registered in the Armorial de France & d’Europe, No. 11, juillet 2015 (ISSN 1151-0978; dépôt légal at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France; dedicated to HRH Prince Louis de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou), La Place Royale, by Frédéric Luz, French heraldist and former heraldic counsellor of Henri d’Orléans, Count of Paris, Duke of France, Head of the Royal House of France. Published on the official website of The Heraldry Society, in the “Members Roll of Arms” section. 

Use: The coat of arms is used by the armiger, by his wife, the news anchor and linguist Ana Iorga PhD (granddaughter of Colonel Radu C. Mihail, who fought in World War II and was a Knight of the Order of Michael the Brave) and by their descendants. It can also be used by Alexandrina Stănescu, Lucia Iorga PhD (Knight of the Military Virtue Order), Rodica Copoț, Laura Copoț and Tomás Castaño-Copoț. With the permission of the armiger, the coat of arms can also be used by other descendants of Moșnean Stan Bărbulescu (1843-1898).


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