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Coat of Arms
This is the first letter of the name POITRAS.
By stylizing in the form of Gothic lettering, it is given a more
refined and important value.
The lion appears early on to mark the starting
point of the first ancestor of POITRAS, a Town in Brittany which
has a coat of arms with a lion with the leopard like tail.
Starting from Brittany, our ancestor came to
settle in Québec. Now today the city of Québec has this
ship on its coat of arms. We can see the arrival of our first
ancestor in Québec.
Our first ancestor was a master carpenter,
the compass and handsaw represent well the tools used to
perform his work. In addition, these objects fit nicely with the
|Divided in four it makes it easier to show the four
elements that characterize the POITRAS Family. The number 4 is
very symbolic. It represents the four cardinal points, the four
seasons, the four phases of the moon, the four arms of the cross,
the four letters of the name of God in French (Dieu).
JOIE ET FRATERNITÉ. This is a beautiful motto, like the ancients,
asks all members of the Association des Families POITRAS to
radiate joy and brotherhood among themselves and to those around
- The (blue) is the symbol of peace, silence and rest, as well
as crystal and diamond. The Egyptians considered this color as
the shield of truth. For the POITRAS, it is for the peaceful
and honest character of our ancestors. It emphasized their
loyalty and faith in God and the homeland.
- The (red) reminds us of fire and blood. It is the principle
of life and symbolizes the impulsive force, youth and that of
health. It is also used to symbolize courage, the strength of
spirit and work. It stands for love and devotion. It applies
well to these early ancestors who had the courage and faith to
come and build a family, a country and a civilization.
- The (gold) is the brightness of the light. All recognize
that it is the symbol of spiritual and intellectual values.
These are the ones that guided and inspired the first POITRAS
and their example inspires those of the twenty-first century.