Insignia, logos and symbols were used throughout the galaxy as an affirmation of allegiance to an organization, a token of personal power or a sign of status.
The origin of some symbols can be traced back through time. The Bendu symbol of a circle connected by eight even spokes was later adopted by the Galactic Republic and subsequently was the basis of the Imperial crest. In turn the Imperial symbol was incorporated into the insignia of other organizations, such as House Benelex and Ante-Endor Association, in order to show allegiance to the Empire.
Throughout the history of the Sith its members, rulers and acolytes have adorned themselves and their vessels with symbols. During the Old Republic era Sith would Tattoo symbols on their foreheads while later the tradition appeared to be to cover their entire bodies with elaborate tatoos.
The most identifiable symbol of the pirate was the Blazing Claw. Over time the symbol was adapted by different individuals but the basic identity of the symbol remained — a claw or claws surrounded by flames. Other pirate organizations used images of a skull such as the Eyttyrmin Batiiv and Bloody Bones.
Companies used a diverse array of symbols to represent their organization and products. Variations of the parent symbols were often used for subsidiaries, as with Santhe Corporation and its holdings.