Sulima Arms Information

(As originally posted by Leon Stevens in HERBARZ-L)

“The oldest known seal bearing these arms (of Sulima), is that of Zawisza Gamrat in 1352, and there are at least a half-dozen extant early 15th century seals. The oldest surviving court record, which includes these arms, is dated 1379.

Sulima appears in the Armorial of the Golden Fleece, Codex Bergshammar, Dlugosz’s Klejnoty, and many other old sources, just to name a few. Dlugosz claims that Sulima originated in Germany, but others insist, that it originated in Sulin, near Kleck. Kulikowski notes (p.158), that occasionally “n” changes to “m” (in particular when place names are not clearly cognate with Slavic words).


Figure 1: Sulima Clan Arms 


 In the court records of 1397, the clan name is written as “Sulina”. Semkowicz proposes, that there are two primary Sulima lineages, one in Wielkopolska early represented by Cherubin, the Bishop of Poznan (died in 1172 ?), and, one in Malopolska, first represented  by Klemens Wawrzyncewicz of Charbinow (lived around 1291 ?), but no connection is established between these two “lineages”, and there is little documentation supporting Semkowicz’s hypothesis.


Sulima is the Herb of Zawisza Czarny, who perished at the Battle of Golubiec (1428). His son Stanislaw fell at the Battle of Warna (1444). His second son, Jan, died at the Battle of Chojnice (1458).

According to Heymowski, “the brother of Zawisza, Jan Fururej of Garbow, participated in the Battle of Grunwald, as well as the great tournament in Buda (Hungary) in 1412.” In medieval times, the field and charge colors (of Sulima) varied, or rather, rotated somewhat, but tended to remain red, black, gold and/or silver. More than 80 families sealed with the somewhat (comparatively speaking), exclusive Sulima Arms.”