Coat-of-Arms: "a fess of three"

Of the first, gules, with one bar crenelled with three charches and two halves, pierced with archery openings, surmounted by an inflamed grenade, the whole of argent; Of the second, argent, with six bends of gules, on the whole, an inescutcheon "de France"; Of the third, gules, with an ouroboros of argent, accompanied by two branches of oak with three stems, leafed and englanted, positioned in pale, of the same"

Motto: "Sunir pour construire" ("United to Build")

Charges or Objects

The grenade: It specifies that the ancestor of the Mivilles was a man-at-arms.


The creneleed band: By this we remember the birth of Pierre Miville in a fortified town, that is Fribourg.


Six bends:
These charges were in the coat-of-arms of the town of Brouage where the children of Pierre Miville were born. The use of the bends is symbolic.


The inescutcheseon of France:
This small escutcheon was also in the coat-of-arms of Brouage. It adds to the symbolism of the six bends, and reminds us of our place of origin, France.


The Snake: It is a charge borrowed from the coat-of-arms of Jean de Lauzon. it recalls that it is he who granted the first parcel of land to Pierre Miville. The snake who bites his tail is called an ouroboros and symbolizes continuing movement, life and power.


The branches of leaves and the acorns:
These two elements are very symbolic in that they explain the name of Miville-Deschênes. Indeed, one of the sons of Pierre Miville signed his marriage contract under the name of Jacques Miville sieur desChesnes.


Motto- "Sunir pour construire" ("United to Build"):
The strength of a steel cable comes from the union of hundreds of wires, all united to hold or support. If a family unites all its forces of the mind and of the heart in a single effort to build its future, it will result in the well-being of each and every one of its members.



It is the colour of blood such that ancestor Pierre Miville must have seen and even provoked in battle and war. it also spells beauty, courage, charity and love. The symbolism of this tincture applies quite well to the family that must have traveled from Switzerland, to France and from France to Canada.

Azure (blue):
It is a colour profound as sky and sea. It symbolizes peace, joy, and devotion, that is self-sacrifice. The history of Miville-Deschênes family who were farmers and occupied different professions bear witness to the importance of this tincture in the coat-of-arms of the family. Moreover, the blue and the lilies recall the country of origin.

It symbolizes the pure light such as is received and projected by the transparency of crystal, in the limpidity of water, in the reflection of a mirror and the brilliance of a diamond. It symbolizes righteousness and fidelity. One cannot find a better symbol for a family that wants to remember its ancestors.


The three areas represent the origins of the Miville-Deschenes family. 

The first recalls the place of origin of the Miville ancestor. He was born around 1602 and came either from the Swiss Canton of Fribourg, or from the town of Fribourg, since he is identified in the 1665 land grant as being a Swiss from Fribourg. The creneleed band recalls the defensive character of that town.

The second area underlines the passage of Pierre Miville in Brouage France, where all his children were baptized. We have reproduced the principal elements of coat-of-arms of the town of Brouage in order to emphasize what happened there around 1629.

The third part notes the presences of the family of Pierre Miville at Quebec. In 1649, he obtained a land grant of twenty-six arpents at Québec and another parcel of land of three arpents frontage and forty arpents in depth in the Seigneurie de Lauzon.




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