The English translation of "fleur-de-lis" (sometimes spelled "fleur-de-lys") is "flower of the lily." This symbol, depicting a stylized lily or lotus flower, has many meanings.
It is a representation of honor, nobility, dignity and integrity. It is a symbol of strength that is found ubiquitously on coats of arms and city emblems around the world.
Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, and in that sense it is said to signify perfection, light and life.
Legend has it that an angel presented Clovis, the Merovingian king of the Franks, with a golden lily as a symbol of his purification upon his conversion to Christianity.
Others claim that Clovis adopted the symbol when waterlilies showed him how to safely cross a river and thus succeed in battle.