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Fleur de Lis - Significance in LA (incl. Saints & New Orleans)

Updated on January 5, 2012
Louisiana
Louisiana
Bienvenue en Louisiane
Bienvenue en Louisiane
Yellow Iris
Yellow Iris
Fleur de Tigre
Fleur de Tigre
Bee de Lis
Bee de Lis
LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers
The New Orleans SAINTS
The New Orleans SAINTS
ULL Fleur de Lis
ULL Fleur de Lis
Crawfish de Lis
Crawfish de Lis
LA Sportsman
LA Sportsman

Origins

Fleur de lis (also spelled fleur de lys), which translates from French to mean "Flower of the Lily". The actually lily that the fleur de lis symbol is supposed to have derived from is the yellow, 6-petaled lilies (and the way that the petals bend) that surround the River Luts in the Netherlands.

The meanings attached to the three bending petals differ according to the patriarch being questioned. King Louis X said they represented faith, wisdom and chivalry "and to be a sign of divine favour bestowed on France". 1 Another meaning that is said to "represent French Royalty... signif[ies] perfection, light and life.2

Original uses for the fleur de lis were for coat of arms, flags, a symbol of the convergence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, uniforms and many other uses.

Louisiana Heritage

Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill on July 9, 2008 that made the fleur de lis the official symbol for Louisiana. It has been, however, a symbol for the state of Louisiana and more profoundly in New Orleans for some time. Most likely, any Louisiana landmark that you come across in Louisiana, there will be a fleur de lis symbol somewhere on the premises. In Baton Rouge, you will find fleur de lis symbols surrounding the Old Governor's mansion on the gates. Anywhere in New Orleans you will find local artwork, team logos, décor and more covered in the heritage inspired fleur de lis.

Louisiana takes pride in celebrating our French heritage, and the fleur de lis is a symbol of our early settlers. From the Cajuns, to the jazz in New Orleans and the zydeco in Lafayette and Breaux Bridge, Louisianians revel in the culture that was passed down through our previous generations and find any excuse to advertise these values.

You will hardly find a Louisianian that does not have either Mignon Faget fleur de lis pendant, fleur de lis home décor, or at least some sort of fleur de lis car decal or clothing.

New Orleans Saints, The Hornets, ULL and LSU

Each of these sporting organizations use the fleur de lis in some aspect of their logo. As you can see by the pictures on the right, there are the Saints Fleur de Lis, the Bee de Lis, the Fleur de Tigre and ULL fleur de lis logo.

The New Orleans Saints first put the fleur de lis on their uniform in 1967 and did not make any changes to it until 2000. The Saints' jerseys for both home and away games sport the emblem, and since 2003, the uniform pants also have a fleur de lis. Because of the Saints best season in 2009 and the Super Bowl win of 2010 , the state of Louisiana is wearing fleur de lis more proudly than ever before. (See their Super Bowl ring by clicking this link.)

Post Hurricane Katrina, the fleur de lis has changed in meaning for many from a symbol of our heritage to a symbol of hope and rebuilding. Since the storm, more and more business and local spots have adorned their logos, merchandise, walls and statues with the fleur de lis to bring recognition to the statewide effort to create a calm after the storm.

LA Sportsman

Louisiana is known for its beautiful marshlands, swamps and waterways, but it is the activities that occur in these places that Louisianians enjoy the most. From gator hunting, to fishing, bow hunting, and hog/duck/deer/turkey/quail/dove hunting, men and women from all over the state participate in these outdoor sports. Louisiana Sportsman is an organization that provides a forum for hunters all over the state to connect to share tips, locations and ideas about whichever kind of hunting you may be interested. As symbolized in their fleur de lis symbol, you see the duck on the left, the fish at the top, the deer on the right, and the hook as the bottom.

Louisiana is a beautiful state rich with culture, heritage, pride and a flavor like none other. Please come visit our beautiful state and pass a good time while letting the good times roll!


1 Wikipedia, Fleur de Lis

2 www.fleurdelisfashions.com

3 http://fleurdorleans.com

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      bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Hi fellow Louisianian!(But you KNOW we yankees up here in northern Louisiana are almost like a different state,lol!) I saw you were following me,so I came to check you out. Ahhhhhhhhh...love all the fluer de lis goodies on your page! (See my barstools on my profile picture,lol!) I did not know that the lily was yellow,or so lovely. Great piece. I'll be pleased to follow you as well. GEAUX Tigers!

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      Demi 5 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Excellent article! Funny story: we had a French exchange student so we hung a fleur de lis flag to welcome him. He told us it is somewhat offensive to some people as to them it represents the monarchy. In some ways, perhaps like the Confederate Battle flag is controversial? He wasn't offended but it was interesting to him; as we know, all kinds of things on the French part of the Gulf Coast has the fleur de lis on it!

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Bayoulady- I did notice your stools- very nice!!! I have family up north in your part of the country :). Thanks for the compliments and geaux tigers!! National championship Monday!!!

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      DemiMonde- thanks for the kudos!! That is interesting- you never know how others will interpret traditions.

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      Demi 5 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      I wanted to let you know that I linked this page from one of my Mardi Gras décor pages. Easier to do that than reiterate what a fleur de lis is.

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thank you!! I appreciate that you would do that! Now I know why the activity is increasing if I see it moving up! :)

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