The Symbolism of the Blais Coat of Arms
Because research has not disclosed a definite coat of arms for the Blais family, the Association des Blais d'Amerique decided to create a commemorative coat of arms for the 300th anniversary of the death of Pierre Blais in September 2000. A great deal of thought and effort went into this project, and the end result is a beautiful and symbolic coat of arms for the Blais family members of North America.
The shape of the shield is of French design, indicating the origin of Pierre Blais from France.
The diamond pattern in red and gold colors on the upper part of the shield is similar to that found on the shield of Angoumois, the old French province where Pierre was born. Each red diamond also represents each of the 15 children born of the two marriages of Pierre. The color red symbolizes conjugal and parental love.
The blue color in the lower left part of the shield also symbolizes France and is the color of fidelity, used to show respect for the French origin of Blais in America. This blue color is also represented by a single blue diamond at the top left of the shield.
The green color on the lower right part of the shield symbolizes New France, the land of hope. This green color is also represented by a single green diamond at the top right of the shield.
The branch of fruits, which includes a bunch of grapes, two apples and three strawberries, depicts fruits which currently grow on the Island of Orleans and is also symbolic for the Island of Orleans being the cradle of the Blais family in North America.
Three upright ears of wheat are a homage to the peasant work of our three first parents in this land: Pierre, Anne Perrot and Elisabeth Royer. The spikes of wheat are arranged in order to point to the three main directions taken by the Blais family to establish itself beyond the Island of Orleans.
Unlike the lower part of the shield which is depicted in two distinct sections, the upper part covers the full width of the shield to demonstrate the unity of the Blais family.
The motto which was chosen for the Blais coat of arms is:
NOTE: The Blais Coat of Arms can be purchased from the Association des Blais d'Amerique. Please visit their web site, www.genealogie.org/famille/blais for further details and an address to which you can mail your $5.00 payment. The Blais Coat of Arms is printed in color on a full sheet of glossy paper. It comes with a brochure which provides a much more detailed description of the meaning and symbolism of this beautiful coat of arms.
Copyright ©Kathi Clark-Colton Created 12 February, 2002