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Found first in Bilbao in 1379. It is also found in Ranero (part of
Arzentales, Vizcaya) and also en Pasajes, Guipuzcoa.
The meaning is derrived from the word Bizcay in conjunction with the
article or suffix "a" which is a contraction of aga (indication of
place). Bizcay is linked to the Basque ezkar (arce, a maple tree).
There are several coats of arms, I will describe the first one listed
(but be prepared - it is a little gory):
On a field of gold, a silver crescent moon upon a blue flag which
doubles as a spear. On the tip of the spear is the head of a moorish
sultan. The border has two wolves facing each other and four oak trees
on a field of silver. In the border and extending out into the field of
the crest is an arm (covered in armour) holding the aforementioned
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