The International Register of Arms, 15th September
2021. Registration No. 0607 (Vol.4).
Arms: Gules, a demi-unicorn issuant
from a fess Argent.
Crest: A demi-unicorn per fess
Argent and Gules armed and crined of the last.
Badge: The head of a javelin
Purpure, rayonnant Or.
Motto: Above achievement the
slogan: HULMA. Below the shield the motto: Silny I Wolny
U,S,A.by statutory declaration dated 14 August 2021
Alexander Olma (Pol. Rajmund Aleksander Olma) is the third
son of the late Raymond Michael Thomas Olma [1938-2011] and
his wife Sharon Margaret [1938-2020], dau. of Francis George
Hunter. Married 2000 Laura Jean Hickman, Ph. D, M.S, B.S,
and by her has issue: Madelyn Stacey Olma; Lydia Georgia
Olma; and Hudson Christopher Olma.
The armiger's family is a Polish-Canadian one, now resident
in the U.S.A. The surname Olma (and its variants, Olman,
Ohlman, Ulmo, Ulman and Uhlman), is Jewish in origin, and
derives from Ulm, a city in Württemberg.
The tinctures of the arms signify the national colours of
both Canada and Poland. In the case of Canada, the use of
red and white recalls the crosses of St George borne in the
Crusades, and now in several royal arms in Canada, viz.
Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. As for Poland, legend says
that the colours are in remembrance of the nation's mythical
founder observing a white eagle against the red of the
setting sun. This particular emblazonment depicts Mr Olma’s
mantling slashed in the form of maple leafs, as a further
reference to Canada.
particularly, the use of a silver fess in a red field was
inspired by the arms of a family bearing the variant name,
Ulman. Rietstap records their arms as de gueules a deux
fasces d'argent. For difference, the Olma arms include a
unicorn, both on the shield and as a crest. This creature,
known for its strength, ferocity and other mystical virtues,
is of personal significance to the armiger. It also
references Canada: the unicorn is a supporter of the arms of
the Queen of Canada, as well as an element in the royal arms
for Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Manitoba. Also, it is a
creature of significance in Jewish writings and heraldry.
The unicorn has been compared with the Hebrew re'em, 'a
wild, untamable animal of great strength and agility' that
became, 'a subversive symbol of Jewish pride and
resistance'. As an example of its significance, the renowned
Rothschilds display a unicorn as a supporter. And other
armigerous families in Ulm also bear the unicorn as a
charge, e.g. the Roths and Strölins.
The motto, SILNY I WOLNY, is a Polish translation of a
phrase from the National Anthem of Canada, meaning 'strong
and free'. And the slogan, HULMA, is the original form of
the city Ulm, and strongly echoes the armiger's family name.
The banner is again in the colours of Canada and Poland, but
its design mimics the flag of the latter nation. For Mr Olma,
it is defaced with his unicorn. The tassels are in the
colours of his alma mater, Vancouver College, and the finial
suggests the symbol used by that college.
The badge references Mr Olma's former achievements in the
track-and-field event of javelin throwing. It is 'rayonnant'
as a pun on his name, and to suggest the sun in the royal
arms of British Columbia, where the armiger was raised.
Again, its tinctures are the colours of Mr Olma's alma
mater. was raised.
Again, its tinctures are the colours of his alma mater.
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