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Armoiries

Les Armes du Clan Fortier

Armoiries

Description héraldique du Blason:

De gueule à un chevron d’or, chargé en chef dextre de deux léopards d’or, armés et lampassés d’azur, passant un sur l’autre et chargé en chef senestre d’une branche de fruits d’or, accompagné en pointe d’une barque d’or.

Description du blason:

Les deux léopards sont originaires des Armoiries de la Normandie d’où vient notre ancêtre Antoine Fortier (Forestier), la branche de fruits provient du blason de l’Île d’Orléans où s’est installé Antoine à son arrivée au Québec et la barque représente le métier qu’il faisait (Maître de barque).

Description des Armoiries:

Le fort démontre la force des FORTIER et les arbres représentent l’occupation principale (trappeur et coureur des bois) des Fortier d’Amérique à leur arrivée.

Description de la devise Fortis et Fortiter:

FORTIS :veut dire solide, fort, vigoureux; courageux, énergique.
ET (Conj.):veut dire et, et puis, et pourtant, mais aussi, et même.
FORTITER (Adv.) : veut dire courageusement.

 

Coat of Arms

Heraldic Description of the Fortier Family Crest:

Here is the Old French heraldic description of our Fortier family coat of arms: De gueule à un chevron d’or, chargé en chef dextre de deux lions d’or, armés et lampassés d’azur, passant un sur l’autre et chargé et chef senestre d’une branche de fruits d’or, accompagné en pointe d’une barque d’or.

The literal English translation would be: “Gules, a golden chevron, charged on the left by two golden lions, passant, azur langued and armed, on the right by a golden fruit branch accompanied at the base by a golden sailing vessel”.

Description of the Blazon:

Heraldists use the word “blazon” when they are describing a coat of arms. The first word “gules” or ‘gueule” in old French means bright red and is used to describe the basic colour of the field or background of our coat of arms. The “golden chevron” is the inverted V-shaped gold bar that divides the field into 3 sections. The “things” on a coat of arms are called “charges”.

A coat of arms is usually read like a book, starting from at the upper left (chef senestre), across to the right (chef dextre) and then down. The two lions are described in heraldic terms as being in a “passant” stance signifying that they are marching horizontally from right to left. They are also“langued” meaning that their tongues and teeth are visible and “armed” that their right paws are raised. One final minute detail: the lions’ claws and tongues are described aazur-coloured or blue.

It should be noted that these two elaborately embellished leopards are taken directly from the coat of arms of Normandy, France where our ancestor Antoine Fortier originally came from. The fruit branch comes from the official coat of arms of Ile d’Orléans where Antoine settled when he arrived in North America. The sailing vessel represents our ancestor’s occupation as a master shipbuilder. The trees refer to one of the principal occupations of our ancestors on their arrival in New France (trapper and “coureur de bois”/woodsman). The fortress towers were added to symbolize the force of the FORTIER family.

Our latin motto: “fortis et fortiter”

FORTIS: is an adjective signifying: “solid, strong, vigorous”
ET: is a conjunction meaning: “and” or “also”
FORTITER: is an adverb meaning: “courageously”