Fleur-De-Lis Tattoo Designs and Meanings (With Pictures)

Updated on February 2, 2016
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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English armor from the 1500's with fleurs-de-lis and Tudor rosesfleur-de-lis of acanthus leavesCopper-colored fleur-de-lis tattooBlue and copper fleur-de-lis tattooFleur-de-lis tattooCross tattoo with fleurs-de-lisStained-glass-window fleur-de-lisFleur-de-lis on curved backgroundFleur-de-lis with buildingFleur-de-lis with sparking pearls
English armor from the 1500's with fleurs-de-lis and Tudor roses
English armor from the 1500's with fleurs-de-lis and Tudor roses | Source
fleur-de-lis of acanthus leaves
fleur-de-lis of acanthus leaves | Source
Copper-colored fleur-de-lis tattoo
Copper-colored fleur-de-lis tattoo
Blue and copper fleur-de-lis tattoo
Blue and copper fleur-de-lis tattoo | Source
Fleur-de-lis tattoo
Fleur-de-lis tattoo | Source
Cross tattoo with fleurs-de-lis
Cross tattoo with fleurs-de-lis | Source
Stained-glass-window fleur-de-lis
Stained-glass-window fleur-de-lis | Source
Fleur-de-lis on curved background
Fleur-de-lis on curved background | Source
Fleur-de-lis with building
Fleur-de-lis with building | Source
Fleur-de-lis with sparking pearls
Fleur-de-lis with sparking pearls | Source

Fleur-De-Lis: History And Associations

The fleur-de-lis is a popular tattoo symbol. It is associated with religion, royalty, and medieval times. In this article, we will explore the history and meaning of the fleur-de-lis, and view some tattoo designs.

Although it was used in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India, the fleur-de-lis is most commonly portrayed on European coats-of-arms and European flags, from the early Middle Ages to today. It's especially common in countries and cities of French influence. Today, you can find the fleur-de-lis on the state flag of Louisiana and as the symbol of the New Orleans Saints and the Mardi Gras of New Orleans. A green fleur-de-lis is the Boy Scout symbol ("Be Prepared").

The fleur-de-lis tattoo can be designed in a variety of different styles and colors, as you can see in the many photos on this page. There are a lot of ways you can be creative. One popular style is the Mardi Gras fleur-de-lis flag, in green, gold, and purple.

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Fleur-de-lis tattoo with coordinatesRed-and-blue fleur-de-lisFleur-de-lisTribal style fleur-de-lisFleur-de-lisOutline fleur-de-lis-tattooFleur-de-lis with Celtic flourishes
Fleur-de-lis tattoo with coordinates
Fleur-de-lis tattoo with coordinates | Source
Red-and-blue fleur-de-lis
Red-and-blue fleur-de-lis | Source
Fleur-de-lis
Fleur-de-lis | Source
Tribal style fleur-de-lis
Tribal style fleur-de-lis | Source
Fleur-de-lis
Fleur-de-lis | Source
Outline fleur-de-lis-tattoo
Outline fleur-de-lis-tattoo | Source
Fleur-de-lis with Celtic flourishes
Fleur-de-lis with Celtic flourishes | Source

Meaning of the Fleur-de-Lis

Fleur-de-lis means "lily flower'. It does look like the beautiful lily flower. A design like this appears in ancient Egypt and India. It may have originally represented the wild yellow iris of Europe and western Asia, which has three petals curving up and three curving down. Or old European versions of the design may have represented a bee, a spearhead, or a sheaf of wheat (an early Germanic fertility symbol).

In the Middle Ages it was a Christian symbol, representing the pure lily of the Virgin Mary, or representing the Trinity. It also came to represent many of Europe's royal families. Charlemagne's descendants used it in their coats of arms. Legends say God bestowed the fleur-de-lis on Charlemagne's predecessor King Clovis, in the fifth century A. D., either as a vial of holy oil or as a device magically appearing on his shield. Clovis was the king who united the Franks and made France Catholic. Thus the fleur-de-lis is a symbol of the divine right of kings to bring a people to order under a state religion. As a symbol from heraldry, it also brings connotations of faithfulness, loyalty, royal blood, knighthood, unity, and honor. Even as used by the Boy Scouts in modern times, it preserves something of this old call to be loyal to both God and country.

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Fleurs-de-lis in a Moroccan wood carvingFleur-de-lis with scrollworkFleur-de-lis with fireCopper-colored fleur-de-lisBlack-and-white fleur de lisFleur de lisFleur-de-lis with Celtic curlicuesArrowhead fleur-de-lisFleur-de-lis on napeBlue fleur-de-lis
Fleurs-de-lis in a Moroccan wood carving
Fleurs-de-lis in a Moroccan wood carving | Source
Fleur-de-lis with scrollwork
Fleur-de-lis with scrollwork | Source
Fleur-de-lis with fire
Fleur-de-lis with fire | Source
Copper-colored fleur-de-lis
Copper-colored fleur-de-lis | Source
Black-and-white fleur de lis
Black-and-white fleur de lis | Source
Fleur de lis
Fleur de lis | Source
Fleur-de-lis with Celtic curlicues
Fleur-de-lis with Celtic curlicues | Source
Arrowhead fleur-de-lis
Arrowhead fleur-de-lis | Source
Fleur-de-lis on nape
Fleur-de-lis on nape | Source
Blue fleur-de-lis
Blue fleur-de-lis | Source

Here are some meanings associated with the fleur-de-lis tattoo. Look at different designs and do research; consider what you wish to convey.

  • Royalty
  • Wealth
  • Religion
  • Glory
  • Honor
  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Christianity
  • Virgin Mary
  • Valor
  • Power
  • Unity
  • Strength
  • Allegiance

A fleur-de-lis tattoo can be designed in different sizes. Although a small fleur-de-lis can be a striking tattoo, I personally would suggest a medium-sized fleur-de-lis, because it better captures the beautiful details of the shapes, and allows for a three-dimensional look.

Don't Rush to Get Inked

Whatever tattoo design you are considering, take some time and research your tattoo. Look at a variety of different designs and understand what your tattoo represents and symbolizes. People who get tattooed in a rush or on impulse often regret it later. If the fleur-de-lis tattoo is not for you, keep looking. Thanks for your visit.

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      • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Richard Ricky Hale 

        6 years ago from West Virginia

        Audrey, thanks for taking the time to check it out. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        6 years ago from California

        Beautiful tattoos! I had not realized that the history of the fleur de lis went back for far. Great hub!

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        Richard Ricky Hale 

        6 years ago from West Virginia

        Aviannovice

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        Max

        Alocsin

        Thanks again for all your comments. The fleur de lis would make a great tat for any man or women. Very popular in Europe, as a tattoo. Max, I have never heard about that, doesn't mean it did't happen though. It was an emblem that was widely spread, probably in areas we don't even know. It wouldn't surprise me. Those were dark days back then. You either had it made or you had it rough.

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        alocsin 

        6 years ago from Orange County, CA

        One of the classics, which I've noticed many times. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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        BeyondMax 

        6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

        Fleur De Lis is very beautiful and appealing, isn't it. It always mesmerized me by it's delicate beauty. I once read in fiction literature about middle age practices that Fleur De Lis sign was used to brand murderers. It shocked me! It is kind of the total opposite of the known meanings, right? Have you ever heard or come across something like this?

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

        Great job on these and a very interesting read.

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        Faith Reaper 

        6 years ago from southern USA

        Oh wow!!! The fleur de lis is my all time favorite. Great hub once again. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        Fehl Dungo 

        6 years ago from close to you...

        Some amazing info and photos about the Fleur de lis here. I want that tattoo someday. I love Mama Mary :)

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        6 years ago from Southern Illinois

        The tattoos are bold and beautiful. The artist is very good..Thank's again for sharing..

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        Deb Hirt 

        6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

        Again, some very good historical info on this form of art. Good job.

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