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Association des Babineau d'Acadie Inc.

Moncton, New Brunswick
Grant of Arms
September 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 315

Arms of the Association des Babineau d'Acadie Inc.

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Blazon

Arms

Or an ox-eye daisy slipped and conjoined with two laurel branches proper, a chief of Acadia (tierced in pale Azure a mullet Or, Argent and Gules);

Crest

Issuant from a circlet of apples Gules leaved Vert, a windmill Or its sails Gules;

Motto

S'UNIR POUR GRANDIR;


Symbolism

Arms

The daisy (marguerite in French) refers to Marie-Marguerite Granger, born ca. 1668, married at Port-Royal ca. 1687 to Nicolas Babineau. The laurels recall the nickname of Nicolas Babineau “Deslauriers” (ca. 1653-1723), the first ancestor to bear that name in Acadia, recorded at Pentagouët (Castine, Maine) in 1693, who later settled on the Dauphin River (now Annapolis, N.S.), at Port-Royal, on 16 July 1701. The chief is in the colours of the flag of Acadia adopted at the Acadian National Convention in 1884 through the efforts of Mgr Marcel-François Richard, then parish priest of Saint-Louis de Kent in New Brunswick. The original flag, which is now preserved in the Musée acadien of the University of Moncton, was made by Mrs. Alphée Belliveau, née Marie Babineau. The gold star of the Acadian flag is the star of the sea and of Our Lady of the Assumption, patron saint of Acadia.

Crest

The helmet refers to the military service of Nicolas Babineau at the side of Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie, Baron of Saint-Castin. The apples and the windmill are taken from the arms of the Commune of Soudan, in the Department of Vienne, in France, where Joseph Babineau, the father of Nicolas, lived. The name of Nicolas’ mother was Louise Bordage.

Motto

Meaning “Uniting to grow”, this Motto was chosen by l’Association des Babineau and is already included in the Association’s charters.