While the Fleur De Lis is a pervasive emblem that appears across our culture in many forms, its obscure origins and diversified meaning remain unknown to many people. In fact, some may not even realize that it represents the petals of a lily flower.
Originated in France in the Middle Ages, the Fleur De Lis has continued to make a strong appearance across many cultures—especially those with a heavy French influence. For all those who’ve wondered what this widespread symbol actually represents, here’s a short history on the Fleur De Lis.
Nobody knows for certain when the Fleur De Lis symbol was first designed, though it has been found on seals and coins dating as far back as the 10th century.
One legend attributes the Fleur De Lis to the baptism of Clovis—the first King of the Francs. Legend states that the lily flower blossomed from the tears of Eve, after she was banished from Eden, and was gifted to the king by the Virgin Mary. Another legend tells that a bridge of lilies rose from a river, allowing Clovis and his soldiers to cross and win a decisive battle.
We do know that the Fleur De Lis was popularized in the 12th Century, when either King Louis VI or King Louis VII wore it on his shield. Since then, the lily flower has stood as a symbol of French royalty and French pride.
Uses and Meanings
Because of the close bond between the church, the king, and the military in the middle ages, the Fleur De Lis has been used as a symbol for each one.
The three petals have been used as a symbol for the holy trinity and the Virgin Mary as a symbol of purity. Historic Knights and even contemporary military units have used the Fleur De Lis on shields or in uniforms, as a symbol of national allegiance, leadership, and strength.
Fleur De Lis Charm
Deeply historic and diversely meaningful, few symbols are as simultaneously mysterious and established as the Fleur De Lis. A symbol of purity, strength, and leadership, our Fleur De Lis charm is an inspiring gift for anyone looking to overcome difficult obstacles. It also makes for a simple statement piece for Francophiles and a symbol of cajun pride, whose French roots are often represented by the Fleur De Lis.