LeBlanc

Compendium
of

LeBlanc
Coat of Arms, crests, emblems, devices
A google search of the LeBlanc coat of arms will reveal a plethora of different images and web sites all wanting to sell you a nice framed picture of a coat of arms or crest device with perhaps a vague history of the name. Some of the information may very well be legitimate while others appear to develop a "history for profit" and sell it whether it is real or not.

There exists in Canada, an Heraldic Authority, where if you are deemed acceptable byway of volunteering and community involvement and you can afford the exorbitant fees, you could have your own official Coat of arms, flag or crest created for you. According to this Heraldic Authority there is no concept of a family coat of arms, being issued to individuals and thier decendants only.

This particular design was the very first LeBlanc family crest that I saw associated with the name. It was on a wooden plaque mounted to a wall somewhere, I don’t remember where. I liked it immediately and adopted it as my own. Being naive I thought at the time that there was only one design for the entire LeBlanc clan. I don't know the laws governing family crests and I don't know if you can even adopt a family crest but after reviewing what's available on the internet, I don't see that there are any hard and fast restrictions. After I was married and we had some kids, I also changed the design slightly and added the family's initials. I have no idea what the symbolism represents but I'm sure I will find out some day. The crown appears to be of a recent French viscount rank.

The Emblem, by: Percy Henri LeBlanc from "The LeBlanc Clan of Smoke Bend, Louisiana"

We like to feel that we are a happy family, and we like to point with pride that we are part of this family. However, because of the large number of people, the need for an emblem designing the individuals as a member is evident. The emblem is a symbol of our family unit. The form it assumes is symbolic of the good things of this earth which we hope are incorporated in our family circle.

The emblem consists of an equilateral triangle, the same as the Greek letter Delta, signifying strength. Upon the base are the roots of a sturdy oak with its branches filling the entire area of the triangle. The oak was chosen because we know it to be constant, strong and sturdy.
The base of the triangle, looking up towards the pinnacle, symbolizes FAITH. St. Paul said, "Love is greater than faith, but love without faith
becomes futile and barren." Personal disappointments and despair can destroy us, but not if we have faith. We must have faith in God, faith in the future, and faith in our fellowman. Because, without faith there can be no trust. As Bernard Baruch once said, "Paradise is not for this world. All men cannot be masters, but more need not be slaves. We can not cast out pain from the world, but needless suffering we can. Tragedy will be with us in some degree as long as there is life, but misery we can banish. Injustice will raise its head in the best of all possible worlds, but tyranny we can conquer. Evil will invade some men's hearts, intolerance will twist some men's minds, but decency is a far more common attribute, and it can be made to prevail in our daily lives, if we have FAITH."

The second side of the triangle represents HONOR. Honor, not in the sense of laurels gained, but God given honor, without which there can be no honesty, no character, no love. There can be no true work or mission in life without honor. There can be no tolerance, no fidelity, without that basic ingredient in our souls, HONOR.

The third side of the triangle we call HUMILITY. Too few of us have ever experienced the refreshing joy of candidly admitting our limitations. It was St. Augustine who said, "There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart." God blesses in a special way those who are honest with themselves and try to make the best of the talents God has given them. Any quest we seek, we must be humble enough to know that mortal man has a superior. In our relationship with the universe, we cannot help but become humble. Humility is the noblest fruit of introspection. It establishes defenses against pride, that sin which the orthodox church justly stamps as the foundation of all evil. Without HUMILITY, there can be no courage, no love, no hope.

So let us build our tree of life, encompassed by the three attributes so divinely bestowed upon us, HONOR, FAITH AND HUMILITY. With these, whatever we add to the dignity and fullness of life will be good.

HONNEUR - FOI - HUMILITE
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H. Paul Le Blanc provided the background information on this crest many years ago on my old site. Percy was Paul's great uncle. The LeBlancs that Paul descends from first settled in St. James LA in the 1760's following the dispersion from Acadia, and slowly moved up river towards Baton Rouge.