The name “Sokol” means falcon, a bird known for its strength, swiftness and energy, symbolizing the active, vigorous, strenuous, and independent life, which is the ideal of Sokol programs.
1912 Czech Sokol Postcard Prague
Equality, freedom, brotherhood- this motto of the French revolution adopted by Sokol, showed Sokol´s relationship to democracy. Shortly after the foundation of the association, Jindrich Fugner proposed that the members should call each other "brother". In June 1862, on the basis of Josef Barak´s proposal, it was agreed that the greeting would be "Nazdar" in stead of former "Zdar buh".