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An example of a motto, Te mauri, te raoi ao te tabomoa (Health, peace and prosperity) on the Coat of arms of Kiribati

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



National mottosEdit

Cultural, philanthropic and scientificEdit

Public service and youth serviceEdit

Police and public safetyEdit

Sport and competitionEdit


Heritage and historicalEdit



Mediaeval nobilityEdit

Famous mottos, usually deliberately cryptic, adopted during the age of chivalry and courtly love by great noblemen and ladies include:




Military and governmentalEdit

Orders and decorationsEdit



Holy SeeEdit

United KingdomEdit



New South WalesEdit

Northern TerritoryEdit


South AustraliaEdit

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


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


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


British ColumbiaEdit


New BrunswickEdit

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

Nova ScotiaEdit





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


  • 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 IrelandEdit

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

Latin AmericaEdit

New ZealandEdit

  • Auckland: Advance[4]
  • Christchurch: Latin: Fide Condita, Fructu Beata, Spe Fortis (Founded in Faith, Rich in the Fulfillment thereof, Strong in Hope for the Future).
  • Dunedin: Latin: Maiorum Institutis Utendo (By following in the footsteps of our forefathers)
  • Nelson, New Zealand: Latin: Palmam qui meruit ferat (Let him, who has earned it, bear the palm)
  • Wellington: Latin: Suprema a Situ (Supreme by position)

United KingdomEdit


  • Chester: Latin: Antiqiui Colant Antiquum Dierum (Let the ancients worship the ancient of days)[8]
  • Cheshire: Latin: Jure et dignitate gladii (By the right and dignity of the Sword)[9]
City of LondonEdit
  • Latin: Domine dirige nos (Lord direct us)[10]
Greater LondonEdit
Greater ManchesterEdit


Northern IrelandEdit

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


  • 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 AmericaEdit






  • State of Iowa: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain


  • Campbellsville: Urbs progrediens media in civitate (City in the middle of the commonwealth)


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



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


North CarolinaEdit






British countiesEdit








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


  • Clwyd: Welsh: Tarian cyfiawnder Duw (The shield of justice is God)
  • Dyfed: Welsh: Rhyddid Gwerin Ffyniant Gwlad (A free people, a prosperous country) - as Carmarthenshire
  • Gwent: Latin: Utrique fidelis (Faithful to both) - as Monmouthshire
  • Gwynedd: Welsh: Cadernid Gwynedd (The strength of Gwynedd) - as Caernarfonshire
  • Mid Glamorgan: Welsh: A Ddioddefws a Orfu (He who suffers, conquers) - as Glamorgan
  • Powys: Welsh: Undeb A Rhyddid (Unity and freedom)
  • South Glamorgan: Welsh: Y Ddinas a'r Fro (The city and the vale)
  • West Glamorgan: Welsh: Cardarn pob Cyfiawn (The just are strong)

Mottos of the Livery Companies of the City of LondonEdit

Educational institutionsEdit


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