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Ens is in the southeast of the municipality, a bit east of the former
island of Schokland. That island had two settlements: Emmeloord and Ens,
but in 1859 it was definitely evacuated and left to the Zuiderzee to do
its demolition job. The present village regards itself as the successor
to the old island village.
The name "Ens" was first mentioned in 793, as "Enedsae; in that year a mission was sent by the monastery of Werten in the Bishopric of Köln, to spread Christianity.
The name Enedsae gradully became Ens; it meant: Ducksea. Ens was on the southern point of Schokland.
In 1695 Ens did already have its own arms: a red shield with a white chevron and three merlettes.
Merlettes could only be used by knights who had participated in a Crusade
and returned hurt. The birds of Ens probably remind of journeys overseas
by the Ensers. The chance wasn't very remote that sailors would return
injured or dead, wherefore Ens might be entitled to merlettes - but this
is not certain.
Mr. Jansen did not get confirmation that the flag as presented here was taken into use, but Mr. van Heijningen assured me that it was.
Source: Vlaggen (magazine edited by Anton Jansen), VI, no. 91 (1996): 1287-1288.
Jarig Bakker, 26 Apr 2005
Arms: gules a chevron, three merlettes all argent, placed 2,1