The ancestor Paul Bertrand - most of whose North American descendants bear the name Saint-Arnaud including all spelling variations - was baptised in 1661 in Verneuil, Normandy.

According to the Dictionary of French Biography, the Bertrand family name traces its origins back to the ancient territories of France and Normandy between the XIth and XIIth centuries.

The Bertrand motto is Courage and Fidelity, Honour and Diligence, according to the supplement to the Tausin Dictionary of Historical Heraldic Devices.

In Armorial Général des blasons, J.B.Rietstap describes the Bertrand of Normandy crest as follows:

The escutcheon (classic shield) is furnished with silver and azure vertical bands, which translate into white (silver) and blue (azure) coloured stripes. The pals (vertical bands) are honourable pieces in a coat of arms.

To emphasise the arrival in Canada of ancestor Paul Bertrand as a soldier with the Compagnie franche de la Marine, the following heraldic symbols are added to the coat of arms: the Fleur-de-Lys and the soldier's arms. These symbols (devices) are located on either sides of the central symbol of the Batiscan River, where the ancestor settled in 1697, and married Gabrielle Baribeau (in Batiscan). It is to be noted that the three petals or floral segments of the Fleur-de-Lys are tied with an encircling gold band. Also, the muskets (copper), the mariner's compass (gold) and the anchor (silver) symbolise the ancestor's belonging, upon arrival in New-France, to a regiment led by Knight Philippe de Rigaud, lord of Vaudreuil and Governor General-to-be in New-France.

The coat of arms is a collective project by members of the Association of descendants of Paul Bertrand dit Saint-Arnaud, which is symbolised by ADBSTAR.

Denis Bertrand, ADBSTAR
Translated by Stephanie Dupras
June 16th, 2003

Here is a picture of the model of the family crest that was approved by the Board of Directors:

PHOTO: MANON FOURNIER

Coat of Arms
 
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