The Girouard Coat of Arms is described as:
Red background with three pennants, two in
gold and one in silver or "Gules, three
pennants, two in chief or and one in argent".
The red symbolizes the planet Mars and denotes
The family Coat of Arms is the Family Shield. The term comes from
the fact the design used to be embroidered
on a tunic, hence 'Coat', this design was usually given to
a knight once he became entitled to bear
Arms. The design could then also be used
as a uniform for the servants of the household.
When the knight went to war the design was
not only worn on the tunic but was also put
on the shield, as it was the largest piece
of equipment the knight had and as the shield
was easily seen it made sense to have the
design put upon it so people could see who
was who at a distance on the battlefield.
The family Crest was a design that was placed upon the Helmet.
The early type of crest was a plume of horsehair
(like the Roman soldiers) which helped deflect
any sword blow coming down on the head and
to distinguish the leaders from the common
soldier. The Girouard Crest is the Flure
Mantling or Lambrequin was a cloth covering, usually in the two
main colors of the Arms, that covered the
Helmet. It protected the wearer from heat
and perhaps prevented the Helmet from rust.
It also afforded an additional protection
from sword attacks by deadening the blow
and possibly entangling the weapon. Due to
this the Mantling is usually depicted in
a cut or ragged form. The Wreath was made from twisted cloths of the same
colours as the Mantling. It was used to cover
the place where the Crest was fixed to the
Helmet. As you can see Red and Gold are the
colors of the Girouard Family.
If a family was granted a Coat of Arms, Crest
and Motto this trio is termed as an Heraldic Achievement.