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If what you’re looking for on a headstone, or in a graveyard, or a cemetery begins with the letter A, you will find it here within the graveyard symbols A to Z.

Graveyard symbols beginning with the letter A

  • Abraham and Isaac shows a scene from Genesis 22
  • Adam and Eve represents the Fall of Man
  • Acacia Bush is usually connected with the burning bush in the Bible, and therefore represents immortality. In flower symbology it represents friendship
  • Acanthus Leaf is a common motif seen on the edges of a headstone. It symbolises the immortality of the soul but can also indicate suffering
  • Acorns on a headstone symbolises the power of spiritual growth from a kernel of truth. They can also indicate potential strength as it has the ability to grow into a mighty oak
  • Agnus Dei is Latin for Lamb of God and is emblematic of Christ. It is usually represented by the figure of a lamb bearing a cross or banner
  • Alpha (A) and Omega (Ω) From Revelation 22:13, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
  • Amaranth in Victorian symbology represents immortality
  • Anchor symbolises hope and steadfastness to the Christian faith. It can also signify that the person was a sailor
  • Anemone in mythology were formed when Aphrodite’s tears fell on Adonis’ grave. Therefore they can indicate forsaken love, or death of a loved one

Angels in Cemeteries

  • Angels
    • An Angel praying in a cemetery can often indicate religious devotions
    • Angel pointing towards Heaven with outstretched wings usually represent escorting the soul to Heaven
    • Angel that points downwards usually represents sudden departure, or an untimely death
    • An Angel weeping signifies grief over an untimely death
    • Angel blowing a trumpet on a headstone signifies the Day of Judgement

  • Ankh was a sacred symbol in ancient Egypt and seen as the key to eternal life
  • Arch represents the entrance to Heaven
  • Arrow is a general symbol of death and not the cause of death. See Dart for more information
  • Asphodel in Victorian symbology it represents I will be faithful

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