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Last Update: 21/05/2020

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Rafal Olszewski

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 20th May 2020. Registration No. 0555 (Vol.4).

Arms: Quarterly Azure and Gules, 1st and 4th, an alder tree eradicated Or; 2nd and 3rd, a horse forcéne Argent.

Crest: On a torse of tinctures Azure, Or, Gules and Argent, a tower of four battlements Argent window Sable and wooden double door Proper.

Motto: none

Assumed: Poland, on the 19th May 2019.

The Arms of Rafal Olszewski

The division of the shield into quarters refers to the coat of arms of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1569–1795, since the Olszewski genealogy dates back to 1700. The colours used in the coat of arms refer to the colours of the coats of arms of the Krakow and Silesian provinces.

The alder tree in the 1st and 4th quarters of the shield refers to the origin of the surname, Olszewski, i.e., "living among alders". The horse in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the shield refer to the oldest documented profession of the Olszewski family, i.e. a carter working on a field with horses.

The defensive tower in the crest refers to the oldest known town where the ancestors came from, i.e., Grabowa, in which a defensive tower was mentioned in a document from 1427. Administratively, Grabowa was part of the Krakow Province; currently, it is located in the Silesian Province in Zawiercie county, in the Łazy commune. Geologically, it is on the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland. Close to Grabowa, the ruins of a castle in Ogrodzieniec lie on a trail of eagles’ nests.

 
 

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