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Raymond Alexander Olma

Registered: 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

Assumed: U,S,A.by statutory declaration dated 14 August 2021

Emblazonment by Heikki Halkosaari

The Arms of Raymond Alexander Olma

Raymond 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.

The Arms of Raymond Alexander Olma

More 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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