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Bakonyjako (Veszprem, Hungary)

Bakonyjákó község, Jaka

Last modified: 2023-06-03 by zachary harden
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Bakonyjákó (in German Jaka) is a village in Veszprém County in Hungary near to Town of Pápa (13 km south) in a beautiful basin of the northern hills of the Bakony Mountains. The village has got 697 inhabitants (1990 census), nearly all of them are Hungarian. One of the Official Ethnic Minorities of Hungary has got ethnic council in the village: Germans. Neighbouring settlements are: Döbrönte (Dewrenten), Ganna, Farkasgyepü (Wirtshäusl), Németbánya (Deutschütten), Szentgál, Bakonybél, Ugod, Homokbödöge and Nagytevel (Deutschtewel) villages and Pápa town.
The first mention of the settlement is from 1351, all settlers of the village were serves of the Castle of Döbrönte. At the time of the Turkish wars the settlement was devastated in 1543. Jákó was resettled with Germans in 1751 by the Vajda Family, the landlord of the village. In 1910 Bakonyjákó was a village in the Pápa district of Veszprém County. Number of its inhabitants in 1910: 1.833; 1.515 (82,7%) German, 316 (17,2%) Hungarian and 2 (0,1%) other by mother tongue, 1.780 (97,1%) Roman Catholic, 32 (1,7%) Jew, 13 (0,7%) Lutheran and 8 (0,4%) other by religion. After the WWII most of the Germans were deported to Germany and Hungarians deported from Czechoslovakia settled to the village. In 1982 the territory of the destroyed Iharkút village was united with Bakonyjákó.
Symbols of the Coat of Arms: The "Anjou lily" relates to the 14th century, when Jákó as a tenure of the Himfy family became an important settlement (the 14th century was the century of the Anjou kings - King Charles I. and King Louis I the Great). The gold sheaf of wheat relates to the agriculture, to the hard work, to the diligence, to the persisting in insistance to the land. The three green hills relate to the Bakony Mountains (before 1908 the name of the village was only Jákó, from 1908 it is Bakonyjákó). The three different trees relate to the nature, the forest and the ethnic composition of the village (Hungarians, Germans etc..). The gold double cross relates to the Hungarian Nation and the Christianity. The wavy silver stripe relates to the brooks of the Bakony. The gold Mill Wheel relates to the formerly six water-mills of the settlement. The designer of the CoA and the flag is Mr. Zsolt Mezei.  
Istvan Molnar, 16 May 2001

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image by Istvan Molnar, 16 May 2001

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image by Istvan Molnar, 16 May 2001