Coat of arms of Lepage families
The design of the coat of arms used by the Association since 1996 was owned by the House of Names of Ottawa. To register our coat of arms on behalf of the Association des Lepage d'Amérique inc. in order to make them official, a new drawing had to be produced. In order to maintain continuity in the appearance of the coat of arms, several modifications were made to the drawing provided by the House of Names and heraldic corrections were also required. The unveiled armorial bearings are the culmination of a long research and heraldic art work.
Coat of Arms: shield with interior and exterior ornaments
Shield or coat of arms: shield with interior ornaments only
Blazon: transposition in heraldic language in written form of the drawing of the coat of arms
Coat of Arms is a powerful symbol of rally, and previous board members have always been very aware of it. From the beginning of the 1996 Association, the first president, Jacqueline Lepage, and her colleagues took steps to illustrate with a coat of arms this new family reunion. They obtained very good information from the House of Names in Ottawa and drew the illustrations used since. We always have a strong symbol for the Lepage, the eagle.
One often makes the mistake of thinking that coats of arms are an exclusivity of royalty or nobility. It's totally wrong. In fact, the primary purpose of a shield is to be a clear and strong sign of recognition, as well as a symbol of the values one wants to achieve.
In the Middle Ages, when they first appeared, the blazons made it possible to recognize combatants on the battlefield. Surrounded by hundreds of knights in armor, unrecognizable, it was necessary to avoid beating on the cousin or the neighbor! Then, around the 1300 years and a little later, the trade guilds, blacksmiths, upholsterers, merchants or bourgeois have come to themselves with blazons to make themselves known and show their belonging. It is only much later, towards the modern era, that we are talking about the beginning of the colonization of New France, that the kingdoms of Europe found a way of taxing the aristocrats who always wanted to be well seen. of the Court. We had to pay to have a coat of arms.
Experts in heraldry or the art of blazons will tell you: " Nothing prevents anyone from having a coat of arms ". There are, however, some rules to respect for a coat of arms to be considered valid, the first of which is: Never spoof the coat of arms of another ».
The new coat of arms are not those of René Lepage de Sainte-Claire, first Lord of Rimouski, as one would be led to believe, for those who know them. They are really original. The main difference being at the level of eagle talons that do not have here spurs, unlike the coat of arms of René. Why? For two reasons. The first is to avoid a usurpation. The coat of arms of the Lord-founder of Rimouski was duly conceded by Louis de Buade de Frontenac, in the name of the King of France, to René and his descendants. Unfortunately, it could not be used by other Lepage branches in other parts of America or Europe.
The second reason is a desire to be inclusive. This coat of arms wants to group all Lepage branches of America under a single coat of arms. So you can be proud to post them and make them your own! The Association also wants to provide you with the maximum support in this regard!
The eagle has been kept as an emblem because it seems that the eagle was the main emblem used by at least three branches of Lepage families in France, the United States and Canada.
But coats of arms can not be complete without his blazon. What is that? The blazon is simply the detailed and written description of the coat of arms, in a syntax and a heraldic vocabulary, which makes it possible to be sure of being able to reproduce the drawing by an artist. As you can imagine, when the European Kingdoms decreed the taxes on coats of arms, the magistrates responsible for collecting the coat of arms were not all champions in painting or engraving! The blazon was thus written, rather than producing the illustration, in the armorials of the time, of the registers of the moment.
The blazon of our coat of arms reads as follows:
"Argent a eagle sable, armed, langued and beaked Gules,
(silver or white shield, black eagle, greenhouses, tongue and red beak)
All surmounted by a silver helmet, nailed and decorated with gules and gold,
(silver helmet with nails and ribbons red and gold)
Cime of a lion issuant Gules turned to dexter,
(helmet with a half-raised lion turned to the right of the holder of the shield)
And accompanied by a lambrequin azure and gold. "
(blue and gold lambrequin)
The Scream : "Association des Lepage d'Amerique inc "
Currency : "Labore, Justitia"
(Work and Justice)