Yiengst Family Name Sign

‘THE TREASURED FLEUR-DI-LUCE he claims to wreathe his shield, since royal James.’ Sir Walter Scott, ‘The Lay of the Last Minstrel’

The history of the fleur-de-lis goes back further than can be definitively recorded, including the name itself. As quoted above, it would mean ‘flower of light’, whereas the usual spelling and translation would mean ‘flower of lily’, though it perhaps more closely resembles an iris. Either way, this well-known and often-used symbol has been around for centuries, on shields, banners, flags, stamps, crowns, coats of arms, and company logos. Especially used in French heraldry, it has had religious, political and dynastic symbolism – and though it certainly has its roots in the French monarchy, other countries such as Spain and Luxembourg have adopted it as well.

Various explanations abound as to its meaning. Some say the three petals represent the medieval social classes – those who worked, those who fought, and those who prayed. Others say it represents the holy trinity. A 14th century tradition says the three petals stand for faith, wisdom and chivalry. In English and Canadian heraldry, the fleur-de-lis on a crest marks the person as a sixth son.

This symbol crossed the Atlantic with Europeans who travelled to the new world, most especially with French people, and where it was included in flags and coats of arms, it usually spoke of French involvement. Examples of this can be seen on the Canadian coat of arms, the flag of Quebec, and various French Canadian cities, as well as American cities with strong French influence such as St. Louis, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. After Hurricane Katrina, the fleur-de-lis was a popular image symbolizing grassroots support for the city’s recovery, including many citizens who were tattooed as a memorial of the storm.

Whether the Yiengst family knew it or not, they were following a well-worn tradition when they chose the fleur-de-lis for their handcrafted property sign. In this case, it was hand carved and gilded with 23kt gold, as well as all the text and accents.

Carved & Gilded
Incise Carved & Gilded
Sign Size
20 " x 21 "