Racine Families' Association

THE ASSOCIATION'S COAT OF ARMS

Heraldic description

"Vert a maple tree eradicated Or on a chief cousu Gules a lion passant guardant Or. "

Our coat of arms

were designed and drawn on June 1st 1988 by:

Rev. Lucien Godbout, heraldist,

of the Seminary of Quebec City.

Symbolism

The shield's green background recalls the original lands of the seigneury of "Beaupré", Québec, where lived Étienne Racine and Marguerite Martin, the ancestors of the Racine family in America. The nine roots of the tree represent their nine children. The thirteen maple leaves symbolize the thirteen generations and their numerous descendants since their marriage in 1638. And finally, on top of the shield there is a gold lion (or leopard) with a red underlay, which has for 10 centuries been part of Normandy's coat of arms and, also, the origins of  Étienne Racine.

In 2000, our coat of arms was assigned by the Canadian Heraldic Authority and granted to all Racine families in America, who are descendants of our common ancestor, Étienne Racine, who arrived in Québec around 1634.