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Russell Kevin Kopke
St. Albert, Alberta
Grant of Arms and Badge
March 15, 2006
Vol. V, p. 14
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Azure a ram rampant and in base two bars wavy Argent;
Issuant from a coronet erablé Argent a demi-griffin Azure holding an aloe flower Argent;
PERSEVERANCE ∙ STRENGTH ∙ FORTITUDE;
The ram has been used by the Kopke family as its representative symbol for a lengthy time. The two bars, forming several divisions represent the family’s migrations from Prussia to South Africa to Canada, as well as alluding to Mr. Kopke’s current residence in Alberta.
The griffin was the emblem for the province of Pomerania in the former Kingdom of Prussia, from which many of Mr. Kopke’s ancestors emigrated. The aloe flower is indigenous to the area in South Africa where the family settled. The coronet represents the Canadian residence of the family.