The Kuzma Coat of Arms employs symbols
upon a shield following the traditional system of heraldry which
originated in medieval times. Heraldry, which developed among the
nobles in the 11th century, was instituted primarily for the purpose of
distinguishing one man in armor from another during the confusion of
battle. The heraldic symbols, or charges, chosen by an individual
for his personal coat of arms could reflect his heritage, achievement,
rank, occupation or personal characteristics.
Individual surnames originated for the
purpose of more specific identification. The four primary sources
for second names were: occupation, location, father's name and personal
characteristics. According to Elsdon C. Smith's "New
Dictionary of American Family Names", the surname Kuzma was
patronymical in origin and meant, "descendant of Kuzma".
This and other sources placed the name originally in the Ukraine.
The most common variation of Kuzma is Kuschma. The Kuzma Coat of
Arms is based on information derived from its meaning, linguistics or
Heraldic artists of old developed their
own unique language to describe an individual coast of arms. In
the traditional language of heraldry, the Kuzma Coat of Arms, would be
"Argent; a sunflower ppr. at the
top, a staff entwined with a serpent, arg., a label of four pendants or.
placed over it."
Translation and interpretation: The
Kuzma Coat of Arms consists of a naturally colored sunflower at the top,
national flower of Russia; a white staff entwined with a serpent, symbol
of medicine, a reference to Kosmas, patron saint of physicians and
apothecaries; a gold label of four pendants placed over it, symbol of
descendancy. The silver background indicates peace and sincerity.
Information in 1972 indicates that there
were less than 775 heads of households in the United States with the
Kuzma name. The US Census Bureau in 1970 estimated that there were
3.1 persons per household, which means that fewer than 2402 people in
the US bear the Kuzma name.