Rourke, James William

Registration Information:

  • Society of American Armigers Registry No.: AA0014
  • Registration Date: 21 April 2017
  • Date Granted: November 15, 2013
  • Granted by: Canadian Heraldic Authority
  • Heraldic Artist: David Farrar
  • Armiger: James William Rourke of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

* The following blazon and/or emblazonment are hereby Certified by the armiger listed, to be his/her original (or inherited/matriculated) Arms.

Category: International Armigers

Arms as interpreted by David Farrar
Arms as interpreted by David Farrar


Arms:  Per fess wavy Or and Sable three mullets in fess Gules between two lions passant counterchanged.

Crest:  Issuant from a bar wavy Azure crested Argent a demi-otter Sable gauntletted Or grasping a sword proper.

Motto:  ĊUN BUA (To victory!)

Badge:  A cross Gules surmounted by a three-towered castle Or enflamed proper.

Flag:  A banner of the Arms

Design Rationale:

Arms:  The colours and figures of these arms are based on those of other O'Rourkes in Ireland. The three red stars are taken from the arms of Frew families and honour Mr. Rourke’s Scottish heritage. The wavy division line symbolizes a sine wave to represent career as a technology consultant.

Crest:  The master otter, known in Irish folklore as Dubh Dobhar-chú, is a fierce creature inhabiting waterways. Here it symbolizes a love of the sea and of life. Its armour and sword evoke the crest of the O’Rourkes of Ireland. The wavy bar is in honour of past and present generations who served in various naval services.

Motto:  ĊUN BUA is Irish Gaelic phrase means "To victory".

Badge:  The badge for Mr. Rourke combines emblems from his two favourite cities: the red cross from the arms of Montreal and the burning castle from the arms of Dublin. The red cross also represents Mr. Rourke’s service to religious service organizations.

Other Registration(s):

  • 15 November 2013: Arms Granted by the Canadian Heraldic Authority (Vol. VI, p. 276.)

  • 6 May 2014: Registration No. 0308 (Vol.2) - The Armorial Register - International Register of Arms.

  • 8 April 2015: US Heraldic Register, Registration number 20150408A

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