What Does the French Fleur-De-Lis Symbol Mean and Where Did the Quebecois Design Come From?

The English translation of fleur-de-lis is “flower of the lily.”

The Quebecois and French symbol is a stylized depiction of a lily or a lotus flower and was adopted and used by French royalty to signify perfection, light, and life.

Legend has it that an angel presented Clovis I (circa 466-511 AD), the Merovingian king of the Franks, with a golden lily as a symbol of his purification when he converted to Christianity.

what does the french fleur de lis symbol mean and where did the quebecois design come from

Another legend claims that Clovis adopted the symbol after water lilies showed him shallow water where he was able to cross a river with his army and win a major battle.

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