The Robitaille Families Coat of Arms

ArmoiriesThe official coat of arms for our large family was unveiled at a brunch held at the Monsignor Marcoux Centre on October 21, 1990. The coat of arms was designed by Reverend Lucien Godbout, a heraldist, from the Seminary of Québec.

The official definition of our coat of arms is as follows:

A blue background with a golden chevron accompanied by three lilies adorning a rod with four pendants; a plough, and four stalks of wheat; and, also, a dove holding in its beak an olive branch above three waves, all in gold.

(Translator's Note: This is a paraphrased version of the French text which is written in the formal language of heraldry.)

Why are all these items included? After some discussion among the members of the Board of Directors and with some of our members, we have put together the following explanations:

The background of the shield is blue, the official color of Québec and of France, it is sky blue. The chevron, an inverted "V," is a device intended to divide the shield into three parts.

chevron

On the left three lilies adorning a rod with four pendants; this has its origins in the coat of arms of Artois, an ancient province of France which was the birthplace of our ancestors.

lambel à 4 pendants

On the right, a plough surmounted by four stalks of wheat. The plough represents the heavy labor undertaken by our ancestors to clear the ancestral land. The fours stalks of grain represent the fruits of the labor of the four Robitaille brothers: Jean, Nicolas, Pierre, and Philippe.

plough

And, in the centre, is the dove with the olive branch, taken from the coat of arms of Theodore Robitaille, who was the lieutenant governor of Québec, and certainly the most renowned ancestor of our family. A symbol of purity and peace, the dove also signifies the descendants.

dove

Finally, the three waves represent, respectively, the Saint Michel brook from our ancestral land, the St. Lawrence River which crosses our homeland, and finally the Atlantic Ocean which our forebears crossed with great difficulty to establish themselves at Champigny. We can also see here the furows of the work of our ancestors, sons of a laborer.

waves

For the bright color we chose gold which comes from Theodore Robitaille's coat of arms and, at the same time, this color adds a touch of our branch in France, since gold was used in the coat of arms of William Robitaille, Dean of the Canons of St. Peter of Cassel around 1701.

 

Father Godbout, who produced the complete description of the coat of arms after making changes that we suggested, said the following in his last letter:

« Thank you for your confidence and congratulations on a coat of arms that is simple, very balanced, highly symbolic, and clear. . »

And we, in turn, thank Father Godbout for his beautiful heraldic work. There remained the need for a motto to complete the coat of arms. A contest was organized for our members and an adjudication panel was formed to decide which of the proposals submitted was best. The motto selected was WORK AND PRIDE (TRAVAIL ET FIERTÉ), submitted by Mrs. Béatrice Robitaille Ferland.