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adopted 4 Dec 1990
Harenkarspel is a municipality in Noord-Holland province, c. 10 km north
of the city of Alkmaar. Before 1990 it consisted of three villages: Dirkshorn
(seat), Waarland, and Tuitjenhorn.
Flag: a hoist of blue and yellow, with on blue a yellow fish, on yellow a red banded horn, and a fly of 10 stripes yellow - blue - yellow - blue - yellow - red - yellow - red - yellow - red.
Adopted 31 Aug 1973 by municipal resolution.
The flag is canting by popular etymology: it was (incorrectly) thought that the original name was Haringcarspel - hence the herring; the horn is for the villages Dirkshorn and Tuitjenhorn.
Tuitjenhorn (say: Toitjehorn): Toitjetuters, Toitjefloiters - a "tuter" is a speaking-trumpet.
Dirkshorn: "Hekkebijters", hekken are the wooden parts of a mill-wing, which had to be chiseled in some way (beitelen --> bijten) - Hekkebijters are also horses biting in any woodwork, and nagging people.
Source: Derkwillem Visser's "Gemeentevlaggen en Wapens Koninkrijk der Nederlanden", 2001
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Hoide, 1998
Jarig Bakker, 17 Apr 2005
Description: quartered; 1 and 4 gules, with in 1 two chevrons argent
and in 4 an image of St. Martin argent; 2 and 3 azure, in 2 a herring or
couchant, in 3 posthorn or. The shield surmounted by a crown of three leaves
and two pearls.