Translation of School Crest Motto

Reply Mon 6 Sep, 2004 07:59 am
Edit: (Moderator) Moved from Reference to Other Languages.

Would anyone be so kind as to help me with the translation of my old school motto?

It is: Certanti Dabitur
and I believe it means something to the effect of:
To he who strives, success will come.

Anyone confirm this or put me straight?


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Reply Mon 6 Sep, 2004 08:28 am
"Certianti" translates roughly to "Struggles". "Dabitur" translates roughly to "a Given" (a fact).

I'm not very good at Latin translations. Once the words are put together they always seem to mean something other than what the words mean individually. Very Happy Maybe someone else can provide more.
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Reply Mon 6 Sep, 2004 08:44 am
Thanks so much - it was probably manufactured by someone well-meaning to improve the school's credibility way back when...

I suspect that it was fairly common practice in the past... and not just for schools. lol!

Thanks again
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Reply Mon 6 Sep, 2004 08:49 pm
"certanti" means "to struggling/contending/striving"
"dabitur" means "(it/he/she) is given/offered/dedicated/bestowed".

In this context, it could mean "dedicated to striving",
or, as latin does sometimes, it could be hoping that the reader will supply some missing parts: "to (those) striving, (the prize) is given."
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Reply Mon 6 Sep, 2004 08:53 pm
Very Happy
thanks so much! I really appreciate it.

Regards from beautiful Canberra, Australia, where Spring is springing, the daffodils are up and the blossom trees are in full bloom. Yay! We have a short mildish Winter, but I still don't like it!
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Reply Wed 4 Jun, 2014 03:00 pm
I went to Oldershaw Grammar School on the
Wirral in England, where we all did Latin.
It was our school motto. We were told it meant
"It goes to he who strives."
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Reply Wed 18 Jun, 2014 05:31 pm
I think it says certainly debatable, everything is debateable or questionable.
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Reply Sat 24 Mar, 2018 10:34 am
If used in an e.g. 'school or business' in such a way it means basically always trying to improve.
Each word on its own doesn't mean much really.
Certante = WILL
Dabitur = EXERT
Certante Dabitur = The Will 'or' Determination to Achieve.
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