Famille Benoit


The family name BENOIT is derived from the Latin word "Benedictus" which signifies "blessed."

The shield background is blue, which signifies loyalty, truth and splendor.  The chevron, fleur-de-lis, martlet, mullet and label are in gold, which signifies generosity, bravery and perseverance.

The fleur-de-lis represents France, Nova Scotia, Louisiana and Martin Benoit, the progenitor of most Benoits that are in Louisiana today.

The chevron signifies protection, builder or others who have accomplished some work of faithful service.

The label represents the first born son, Pierre the elder, who has descendants in Louisiana today.

The mullet (five point star) represents the third son, Jean, who has descendants in Louisiana today.

The martlet (footless swallow) represents the fourth son, Pierre the younger, who has descendants in Louisiana today.



















The Famille Benoit Crest

This version of Famille Benoit Crest was designed by Ruby Melancon for the Congre Mondial-1999  The symbols are from the Crest carved at the end of the Benoit pew in St. Peter Catholic Church, Carencro, La.

The symbols on the Benoit Crest are based on Ruby's great grandfather Rosemond Benoit's life.

Starting with the upper-left symbol and going clockwise:

Maple Leaf -  He was very proud of his Acadian Heritage.
Bell           -  He rang the angelus three times a day. (6:00 am, 12:00 noon, & 6:00 pm).
Key           -  He opened the church in the morning and closed it at night.
Tools         -  He was a carpenter.



Benoit Nova Scotia Reunion-2004