The squirrel's common name can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, where Aristotle used the word "skiouros," skia meaning shade, while "oura" meaning tail. Thus the meaning "he who sits in the shadow of his tail" was recorded for posterity. It is said that centuries later, the French created a noun "écureuil" to describe this animal. From this the word "squirrel" was derived. It is a symbol for the soul in Nordic myth and in medieval times it denoted one who was a provider toward the future. It is also said that the first bearer was a lover of woodland, trustworthy and with a strong sense of duty. The squirrel's nest is called a holt or a drey and the squirrel emblem may be an allusion to the family name of "Holt." The squirrel is one of the very few wild animals that is trusting enough to eat from a person's hand, so one of its lessons is for people to learn to drop their defenses, and learn to trust more. Another lesson is that there's time for everything in life. Squirrels teach us to rest, work, and play and balance life!
Squirrels are highly energetic and enthusiastic. Most of a squirrel's time is spent feverishly foraging for seeds, nuts, fruits, and other foods. For Native American people, the squirrel's enthusiasm can cause trouble among the other animals.
European culture associates the squirrel with voraciousness. The Old English word for this little creature is acweorna, which is associated with the verb meaning "to hoard up, store away."
In Norse mythology, a squirrel named Ratatoskr runs up and down Yggdrasil, the world tree, carrying messages between the eagle that is perched at the top and the dragon Nidhogg that lies among the tree's roots.
The coat of arms of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins
The squirrel in the arms of this seaside resort on France's Atlantic coast refers to the lush pine forests ("les pins") that flank the town's beaches. The trees were planted in the in the 19th century to stabilise the town's sand dunes.
This German knife manufacturer, founded over 150 years ago by Carl Eickhorn, uses the squirrel as a canting symbol (squirrel is eichhörnchen in German). The distinctive logo has undergone a number of transformations since it first appeared in the 1920s.
Computer application logo
The Squirrel Fixing System is the application to bolt computers to Corian tops.
Squirrel Internet fonts
The Font Squirrel is a free font system available on the Internet.
Richmond Baseball team
The Richmond Flying Squirrels are a minor league baseball team in Richmond, Virginia and show on the logo as flying (volant) and not sejant (sitting on hind legs) cracking nuts!