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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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Blazon

Arms

Azure a ram rampant and in base two bars wavy Argent;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet erablé Argent a demi-griffin Azure holding an aloe flower Argent;

Motto

PERSEVERANCE ∙ STRENGTH ∙ FORTITUDE;

Badge

A hurt charged with a ram’s head caboshed Argent;


Symbolism

Arms

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.

Crest

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.

Motto

Not applicable

Badge

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on July 8, 2006, in Volume 140, page 2040 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Darrel Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Ilona Jurkiewicz

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual