Coat of Arms

HERALDIC DESCRIPTION

Shield: Azure, chevron argent with three trees or; on a chief gules with one escallop-shell or, between two leopards of the same, armed and langued azure.
Crest: Familles Demers (Demers Families).
Supporters: Two oak branches with eight acorns or.
Motto: De Mers! De Foi! De Fidélité! (From the Seas From Faith From Fidelity)

 

INTERPRETATION OF THE SHIELD

The azure (blue) symbolizes Québec, the land adopted by the Demers ancestors.
The chevron argent (silver chevron) is a reminder of the trade these ancestors exercised upon coming to settle along the shores of the St. Lawrence River.
The three gold trees represent our three ancestors and their progeny, and also the may tree.
The gules (red) and the two gold leopards refer to Normandy, the ancient French province from where came our Demers ancestors.
The coquille Saint-Jacques (escallop-shell) is a symbol of the Saint-Jacques Parish in Dieppe, France, the place the Demers ancestors were born.

 

MEANING OF THE MOTTO

De Mers ! (From the Seas) From across the seas they came to settle in unknown lands.
De Foi ! (From Faith) Strong with faith and courage they came to these lands and opened them to pionneers.
De Fidélité ! (From Fidelity) Anxious to maintain well alive the history of our ancestors and remain loyal to their values and their traditions.

Arms designer : Michel Langlois
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