Dias DaSilva-Benayon, Jônatas Chimen

Registration Information:

  • Society of American Armigers Registry No.: AA0101
  • Registration Date: 15 May 2021
  • Date Assumed: 8 May 2021
  • Heraldic Artist: Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon
  • Armiger: Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon of Boca Raton, Florida, USA

* The following blazon and/or emblazonment are hereby Certified by the armiger listed, to be his/her original (or inherited/matriculated) Arms.

Category: American Armigers

Arms as interpreted by Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon
Arms as interpreted by
Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon

Blazon:

Arms:  Gules, a lion rampant the dexter foreleg armed the gauntlet grasping an helm Or with crest a dove Argent; on a bordure Vert twelve flowers each with six petals Argent.

Crest:  A phoenix Proper.

Design Rationale:

This Armorial Achievement represents the Armiger's heritage, legacy, and values. Thus, through symbolism and allegory, his Armorial Achievement denotes the following:

The Homeland: The yellow and green colours of the torse allude to the Armiger's family presence in Brazil since colonial times, while the green and red shield refers to the Armiger's Portuguese ancestry.

The phoenix references the Armiger's family as members of the Gente da Nação (or, the Western Sephardic community), "who survived the Iberian Inquisitions of the 15th century and fled to the New World in the aftermath". On the shield border, the 12 flowers against a green field represent the 12 Tribes of Israel and the undying hope for Redemption from Exile. Within the shield, the lion with an armoured arm supports a knight's helmet with a dove atop – this is an amalgamation of the ancient symbols carried by the Armiger's family throughout their Diaspora – from Portugal to the Netherlands, Brazil, the United States of America, and France.

This Armorial Achievement celebrates the Armiger's family history of resilience against insurmountable destruction in the form of pogroms, expulsions, and wars. As the Armiger's ancestors found refuge in distant lands throughout the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic, they achieved great accomplishments as transnational merchants until the 18th century, and later as members of the Armed Forces, Politics, Academia, and the Fine Arts in the Americas and Europe.

The armiger has chosen to follow a lexicon of classic heraldry, invented by romantic Victorian writers, to add some meaning and classic values to the composition of his achievement: red, to project strength, magnanimity, and all attributes of a true warrior; green, to possess hope, joy, and give loyalty in love; gold, to keep a spirit of generosity, and an elevated mind; the lion, to hold steadfast bravery, strength, ferocity, and a sense of valour; the armoured arm of the lion, to have the qualifications of a leader ; the knight's helmet, to possess wisdom, protection, and a sense of invulnerability; the dove, to be a keeper of constancy and peace; the flowers, to further emphasize the need for a deep sense of hope.

The Armiger was born in 1981 in Brazil. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Florida International University. He is a published author, a public speaker, a visual artist, and an academic. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi College Fraternity, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason and is an active member of the Sephardic communities of Brazil, the United States of America, and France.

Other Registration(s):

  • 11 May 2021: Registration No. 0596 (Vol.4), The Armorial Register - International Register of Arms.

  • Heraldry of the World: 7th April 2021, 034/2021

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