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List of mottos

This list contains the mottos of organizations, institutions, municipalities and authorities.


  • Organizations 1
    • National mottos 1.1
    • Cultural, philanthropic and scientific 1.2
    • Public service and youth service 1.3
    • Police and public safety 1.4
    • Sport and competition 1.5
    • Politics 1.6
    • Heritage and historical 1.7
    • Religion 1.8
    • Business 1.9
    • Dynasties 1.10
    • Medical 1.11
    • Other 1.12
  • Military and governmental 2
    • Orders and decorations 2.1
      • Canada 2.1.1
      • Europe 2.1.2
      • Holy See 2.1.3
      • United Kingdom 2.1.4
  • Municipalities 3
    • Australia 3.1
      • New South Wales 3.1.1
      • Northern Territory 3.1.2
      • Queensland 3.1.3
      • South Australia 3.1.4
      • Tasmania 3.1.5
      • Victoria 3.1.6
    • Canada 3.2
      • British Columbia 3.2.1
      • Manitoba 3.2.2
      • New Brunswick 3.2.3
      • Nova Scotia 3.2.4
      • Ontario 3.2.5
      • Quebec 3.2.6
      • Saskatchewan 3.2.7
    • Europe 3.3
    • Indonesia 3.4
    • India 3.5
    • Republic of Ireland 3.6
    • Latin America 3.7
    • New Zealand 3.8
    • United Kingdom 3.9
      • England 3.9.1
        • Buckinghamshire
        • Devon
        • Essex
        • Gloucestershire
        • Greater London
        • Greater Manchester
        • Hampshire
        • Kent
        • Lancashire
        • Leicestershire
        • Lincolnshire
        • Merseyside
        • Norfolk
        • Northumbria
        • Yorkshire
      • Scotland 3.9.2
      • Northern Ireland 3.9.3
        • County Antrim
        • County Armagh
        • County Down
        • County Fermanagh
        • County Londonderry
        • County Tyrone
      • Wales 3.9.4
    • United States of America 3.10
      • California 3.10.1
      • Florida 3.10.2
      • Illinois 3.10.3
      • Indiana 3.10.4
      • Massachusetts 3.10.5
      • Maryland 3.10.6
      • Michigan 3.10.7
      • Minnesota 3.10.8
      • North Carolina 3.10.9
      • Pennsylvania 3.10.10
      • Texas 3.10.11
      • Virginia 3.10.12
  • British counties 4
    • England 4.1
      • Traditional 4.1.1
      • Ceremonial 4.1.2
      • Former 4.1.3
    • Scotland 4.2
    • Wales 4.3
      • Traditional 4.3.1
      • Ceremonial 4.3.2
  • Mottos of the Livery Companies of the City of London 5
  • Educational institutions 6
    • Australia 6.1
    • Belgium 6.2
    • Canada 6.3
    • Denmark 6.4
    • France 6.5
    • Germany 6.6
    • India 6.7
    • Ireland 6.8
    • Malaysia 6.9
    • Netherlands 6.10
    • New Zealand 6.11
    • Pakistan 6.12
    • Philippines 6.13
    • Poland 6.14
    • Singapore 6.15
    • Sweden 6.16
    • Turkey 6.17
    • UK 6.18
      • Universities 6.18.1
      • Schools 6.18.2
    • United States 6.19
    • Zimbabwe 6.20
    • Unsorted 6.21
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


National mottos

Cultural, philanthropic and scientific

Public service and youth service

Police and public safety

Sport and competition


Heritage and historical






Military and governmental

Orders and decorations



Holy See

United Kingdom



New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia

  • Adelaide: Ut Prosint Omnibus Conjuncti (Latin: United for the common good)


  • Hobart: Sic Fortis Hobartia Crevit (Latin: Thus, in force, Hobart grew)


  • Melbourne: Vires Acquirit Eundo (Latin: She acquires strength as she goes)


British Columbia


New Brunswick

  • Saint John: O Fortunati Quorum Jam Moenia Surgunt (Latin: O fortunate ones whose walls are now rising / O happy they, whose promised walls already rise)

Nova Scotia





  • Amsterdam: Heldhaftig, Vastberaden, Barmhartig (Dutch: Valiant, Steadfast, Compassionate)
  • Bordeaux: Lilia sola regunt lunam undas castra leonem (Latin: The fleur-de-lis alone rules over the moon, the waves, the castle, and the lion)
  • Brescia: Brixia fidelis (Latin: Brescia faithful)
  • Douglas: Kiannoortys cheusthie jeh Kiannoortys (Manx: Government within a government)
  • Frankfurt: Stark im Recht (German: Strong in justice)
  • Gdańsk: Nec temere, nec timide (Latin: Neither rashly nor timidly)
  • Gdynia: Gdynia—miasto z morza i marzeń (Polish: Gdynia—a city built of sea and dreams)
  • Genoa: Libertas (Latin: Liberty)
  • Kaunas: Diligite justitiam qui judicatis terram (Latin: Love justice, landlords)
  • Łódź: Ex navicula navis (Latin: Big boat out of a small one)
  • Marseille: Actibus immensis urbs fulget Massiliensis (Latin: By her great deeds, Marseille shines in the world)
  • Nancy, France: Non inultus premor (Latin: I'm not touched with impunity)
  • Nantes: Favet Neptunus Eunti (Latin: Neptune favours the traveller)
  • Nice: Nicaea Civitas (Latin: City of Nice)
  • Oporto, Portugal: Antiga, mui nobre e sempre leal, Invicta cidade do Porto (Portuguese: Antique, highly noble, always faithful, unvanquished Oporto City)
  • Paris: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not founder)
  • Prague: Praga caput rei publicae (Latin: Prague, head of the republic). Formerly: Praga caput regnum (Prague, head of the kingdom)
  • Rotterdam: Sterker door strijd (Dutch: Stronger by struggle)
  • Seville: No me ha dejado (written NO8DO) (Spanish: It [Seville] has not abandoned me)
  • Sofia: Raste, no ne staree (Bulgarian: Grows, but does not age)
  • The Hague: Vrede en recht (Dutch: Peace and Justice)
  • Toulon: Concordia parva crescunt (Latin: Small things increase by concord)
  • Valletta: Città Umilissima (Italian: The most humble city)
  • Vilnius: Unitas, Justitia, Spes (Latin: Unity, justice, hope)
  • Warsaw: Contemnit procellas (It defies the storms), Semper invicta (Latin: Always invincible)
  • Żebbuġ, Malta: Semper Virens (Latin: Evergreen)


  • Jakarta: Jaya Raya (Victory and glorious)
  • Bandung: Gemah Ripah Wibawa Mukti (rich soil, prosperous people)
    Rarasing Rasa Wiwaraning Praja, a Javanese sengkala, (referring to the year of 1966), people's harmonious feeling for entering a gate of prosperity
  • Karawang: Pangkal Perjuangan (Struggle starting point)


  • Kolkatta (Calcutta): Purosree Bibardhan (Bengali: Progress of the city)
  • Mumbai: Yato Dharmastato Jaya (यतो धर्मस्ततो जय) (Sanskrit: Where there is righteousness, there shall be victory). Pre-independence motto: Urbs Primis in Indis (India's first city)
  • Kerala: Ever To Be The Best (Tolins World School)

Republic of Ireland

  • Cork: Statio Bene Fida Carinis (Latin: A safe harbour for ships)
  • Dublin: Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas (Latin: Happy the city where citizens obey)
  • Dún Laoghaire: Ó Chuan go Sliabh (From the harbour to the mountain)
  • Limerick: Urbs Antiqua Fuit Studiisque Asperrima Belli (Latin: An ancient city well versed in the arts of war)
  • Waterford: Urbs Intacta Manet Waterfordia (Latin: Waterford remains the untaken city)

Latin America

New Zealand

  • Auckland: Advance
  • Christchurch: Fide Condita, Fructu Beata, Spe Fortis (Latin: Founded in Faith, Rich in the Fulfillment thereof, Strong in Hope for the Future).
  • Dunedin: Maiorum Institutis Utendo (Latin: By following in the footsteps of our forefathers)
  • Nelson, New Zealand: Palmam qui meruit ferat (Latin: Let him, who has earned it, bear the palm)
  • Wellington: Suprema a Situ (Latin: Supreme by position)

United Kingdom


  • Exeter: Semper Fidelis (Latin: Always faithful)
  • Plymouth: Turris Fortissima est Nomen Jehova (Latin: The strongest tower is the name of Jehovah)
  • Torquay: Salus et Felicitas (Latin: Health and happiness)
Greater London
Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool: Not For Ourselves, But For The Whole World
  • Bradford: Progress, Industry, Humanity
  • Leeds: Pro Rege et Lege (Latin: For the king and the law)
  • Rotherham: By Industry and Honour
  • Sheffield: Deo Adjuvante, Labor Proficit (Latin: With God's help, our work is successful)
  • Wakefield: Persevere and Prosper


Northern Ireland

County Antrim
  • Antrim: Per Angusta ad Augusta
  • Ballyclare: Industria et Probitate (Latin: By work and integrity)
  • Ballymoney: Goodwill to all People
  • Belfast: Pro tanto quid retribuamus (Latin: What shall we give in return for so much)
  • Carrickfergus: Gloria Prisca Novatur (Latin: The glory of the Old made New)
  • Larne: Falce Marique Potens (Latin: Powerful With the Sickle and on the Sea)
  • Lisburn: Ex Igne Resurgam (Latin: I will arise from the fire)
  • Newtownabbey: Multi in uno resurgent (Latin: Multi in uno resurgent)
County Armagh
County Down
County Fermanagh
County Londonderry
County Tyrone


  • Cardiff: Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn (Welsh: The red dragon leads the way)
  • Merthyr Tydfil: Nid Cadern Ond Brodyrdde (Welsh: No strength but in fellowship)
  • Llandudno: Hardd Hafan Hedd (Welsh: Beautiful haven of peace)
  • Newport: Terra Marique (By land and sea)

United States of America


  • San Francisco: Oro en Paz, Fierro en Guerra (Gold in peace, iron in war)





  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin: By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
  • Boston: Sicut patribus sit deus nobis (Latin: God be with us as He was with our fathers)



  • Detroit: Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus (Latin: We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes)
  • Grand Rapids: Motu Viget (Latin: strength in activity)


North Carolina




British counties








  • Anglesey: Môn Mam Cymru (Welsh: Anglesey mother of Wales)
  • Brecknock: Undeb Hedd Llwyddiant (Welsh: Unity, peace, prosperity)
  • Caernarfon: Cadernid Gwynedd (Welsh: The strength of Gwynedd)
  • Carmarthen: Rhyddid gwerin ffyniant gwlad (Welsh: A free people a prosperous country)
  • Cardigan or Ceredigion: Golud Gwlad Rhyddid (Welsh: A nation's wealth is freedom)
  • Denbigh: Duw a digion (Welsh: God is sufficient)
  • Flint: Gorou tarian, cyfiawnder (Welsh: The best shield is justice)
  • Welsh: He that endureth, overcometh)
  • Merioneth or Merionydd: Tra Mor Tra Meirion (Welsh: While the sea lasts, so shall Merionethshire)
  • Monmouth: Utrique fidelis (Latin: Faithful to both)
  • Montgomery: Powys paradwys Cymru (Welsh: Powys paradise of Wales)
  • Pembroke: Ex unitate vires (Latin: Out of unity is strength)
  • Radnor: Ewch yn Uwch (Welsh: Higher and higher)


  • Clwyd: Tarian cyfiawnder Duw (Welsh: The shield of justice is God)
  • Dyfed: Rhyddid Gwerin Ffyniant Gwlad (Welsh: A free people, a prosperous country)
  • Gwent: Utrique fidelis (Latin: Faithful to both)
  • Gwynedd: Cadernid Gwynedd (Welsh: The strength of Gwynedd)
  • Welsh: He who suffers, conquers)
  • Powys: Unbed A Rhyddid (Welsh: Unity and freedom)
  • Welsh: The city and the vale)
  • Welsh: The just are strong)

Mottos of the Livery Companies of the City of London

Educational institutions




Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC)








New Zealand










United States



See also


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  2. ^ ASDA. "Asda - Save money. Live better.". Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Mackinnon of Dunakin, Charles (1968). Observer's Book of Heraldry. Frederick Warne & Co. pp. 122–129.  retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Georgia Institute of Technology :: Community Service". 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
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External links

  • Mottos in civic heraldry (over 1000)
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