The Crest of the descendants of Pierre Micheau dit Michaud was
originally designed by Professor Lucien Godbout
(Petit Séminaire de Québec), and presented on October 2, 1988,
at a benefit dinner of the Association of Michaud Families.
At that time it was officially adopted as the emblem of the Michaud families
of North America.
The nine sections represent the nine children who, through their own children,
ensured the posterity of the Michaud family in the New World.
The red banner across the top reflects the armorial bearings of the
ancient French province of Poitou, where the Micheau family originated.
Green: Green represents Pierre Micheau's close ties
to the verdant earth, particularly on the Bowsprit coast
of the St. Laurence Seaway, from St. Anne du Petit Cap,
to the Isle of Cranes, and finally to Pierre's final
resting place in Kamouraska.
The Michauds were farmers in their new home,
and always cultivated at least a small holding to nourish their family.
Green is also a symbol of the hope and vitality
Pierre found in the New World.
Silver: It is the color the river's running water, and as such, it
represents its purity and power. The original Micheau family always
settled close to the river. It also symbolizes that overwhelming
need for movement that so consumed Pierre throughout his life.
Red: Red is the color of courage and love.
Pierre had the courage to leave the safety of France
for a new beginning in an unknown land, and the love
to build a safe home for his new family living in the wilderness.
Gold: Gold has always symbolizes the spiritual richness of faith,
and the overwhelming power of the spirit and a strong heart.
It also represents the immortality of the family
(as opposed to the individual) and
our eternal striving for perfection.
The three towers are from the original armorial bearings of Poitou, France.
Three for the Holy Trinity, three for the three stages of life, and three
for the three homes of Pierre Micheau:
the Northern Bank of the St. Laurence (St. Anne du Petit Cap), the islands of
the St. Laurence (the Isle of Cranes),
and the South Bank of the St. Laurence (Kamouraska).
MOTTO: "Feray ce que diray" "AS I SAY, SO SHALL I DO"
This motto expresses the Michaud credo perfectly. Pierre's strength of will
and character allowed him to overcome great obstacles in the wilds
of Canada. The motto also reveals a commitment to truth and great certainty in
leadership. Michauds have been known for their
commitment to "doing as they say" ever since....