Ar. three bars gu. on a canton az. a leopard’s head or.
Ar. three bars gu. on a canton az. a leopard’s head or.
The surname of Allard has origins in both the country of England and the country of France. The surname itself comes from the Anglo-Norman personal given name for males of “Alard,” which comes from the Old French word of “Adelard,” which is comprised of the Germanic element “adal,” which can be translated to mean “noble,” and “hard,” which can be translated to mean “brave,” “strong,” or “hardy.” Thus, literally translated, the surname of Allard means “noble-brave.” The surname of Allard was reported in the Doomsday Book of 1086 as Aelfheard, and Aethelheard, both of which can be translated to mean “noble-brave,” or “elf-brave.” It is important to note that the Doomsday Book was created to encompass the “Great Survey” of England.
More common variations are: Allward, Alleard, Allarder, Alliard, Alluard, Allared, Allardt, Allarid, Allaird
Within the country of Scotland, the surname of Allard can be found throughout the country. The areas that have a large population of those who bear the surname of Allard can be found mostly around the areas of Aberdeenshire, Kirkcudbrightshire, and within the county of Lanarkshire.
Throughout the 17th century, it became common for European citizens to migrate to the United States of America, which at that time was known as The New World, or The Colonies. These citizens were displeased with the state of affairs in their country, such as tyrannical governments and poor living conditions. The New World promised freedom from religious persecution, better living conditions, and the ability to own land. Among those who migrated to the United States of America was one Hugh Allard, who settled in the state of New Hampshire in the year of 1674. It is possible that someone who bore the name of Allard tried to migrate to the New World before 1674, but perished en route, due to the poor living conditions on the transport ships. Those who bear the surname of Allard can be found throughout the United States of America.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Allard: France 16,373; Canada 15,693; United States 12,562; Belgium 2,205; England 1,947; Ivory Coast 1,315; Mexico 1,099; Sweden 957; Germany 941; Australia 641
Brigadier-General John Stetson Allard (1897-1967) who was a Duty with the VII Bomber Command from the year 1943 to the year of 1944, and who was also from America.
James Allard (born in 1969) who served as the Chief Experience Officer and the Chief Technology Officer from Microsoft.
Alan Wayne Allard (born in 1943) who was a senior United States Senator from the state of Colorado.
Sydney Allard (1910-1966) who was a founder of the Allard Car Company, who was from England.
General Jean-Victor Allard (1913-1996) who served as the Chief of the Defense Staff from the year of 1966 to the year of 1969, and who was from the country of Canada.
Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey “Sammy” Allard, DFC, DFM & Bar (1912-1941) who was an RAF flying ace of the Second World War from Britain.
Jean-Guy Allard (born in 1948) who was a journalist from Canada.
General Jean Victor Allard CC, GOQ, DSO & Two Bars, ED, CD (1913-1996) who served as the Chief of the Defense Staff from the year of 1966 to the year of 1969.
Carole-Marie Allard (born in 1949) who was a member of Canada’s House of Commons and was a Liberal.
The three main devices (symbols) in the Allard blazon are the bar, canton and leopard’s face. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and azure.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3
The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 4. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 5.
The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield 6, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). Bars can be a distinctive and easily recognised device, early examples include those awarded by Henry III of England to the family MAUDYT Argent, two bars gules.
“The canton stands very high among honourable bearings”, according to Wade, a noted symbologist 7. The canton is a square shape, normally occupying the dexter chief of the shield. An early example is SUTTON, Bishop of Lincoln in the 13th century, who bore “argent a canton sable”. It occupies less space than a quarter and hence is sometimes added to an existing shield to difference branches of the same family, or, when a charge is added to it, to indicate some honour has been recieved 8. Wade remarks, that, in common with all square features can be associated with the virtue of“constancy”.
The leopard’s face (sometimes, incorrectly referred to as a leopard’s head occurs very frequently in heraldry 9. Early heraldic artists tended to treat lions and leopards as the same animal, but during the development of British Heraldry the heads of the two creatures have adopted separate, and more realistic forms. Wade would have us associate leopards with warriors, especially those who overcome ”hazardous things by force and courage” 10