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Coat of Arms

The Association des Morais d’Acadie Inc. proceeded to the creation of its Armorial Bearings with the Canadian Heraldic Authority. The Coat of Arms was presented at the 2009 Morais Family Reunion of August 10th, 2009, in Saint-Sauveur, New Brunswick.

The blue, white and red, as well as the stars, pay tribute to Acadia. The wavy line represents the ocean that was crossed to establish a new family in the New World, at Rivière-Ouelle around 1705. The lingonberries, known as “morets” in Normandy, refer to the family name, Morais, while the shell, the emblem of St. James (Jacques in French), alludes to both the scallop dish known as coquilles Saint-Jacques and the forename of the first ancestor, Jacques Morais, who settled in Caraquet, New Brunswick, and owned a parcel of land at the time of the Caraquet great land grant on May 29, 1784. The oak symbolizes the solidity of one’s roots and refers to the 2,000 oak trees given to the members of the Morais family who gathered in 2000 in Tracadie-Sheila. Those trees have since been planted around the world. MORE MAJORUM, meaning “In the ancestral way”. In this motto, the word MORE refers to the family name.

Letters Patent granting Armorial Bearings to the Association des Morais d’Acadie Inc. as entered in volume V, page 460 of the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada this 15th day of July 2009.

Original concept of Robert Pichette, Dauphin Herald Extraordinary, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter: Linda Nicholson

Calligrapher: Shirley Mangione

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