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
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.
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).
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
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
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).