In the early days of founding this firm, perhaps no other issue consumed our thoughts more than selecting a name. We wanted to capture our family history and the aspirations we have for our clients.
My family’s story can be traced back to the beautiful rocky islands surrounding what is now known as Acadia National Park, on the coast of Maine. My ancestors, William Gilley and Hannah Lurvey, were the first lighthouse keepers on Baker Island (now part of the National Park). Their story is a gripping tale of true survival, fierce independence, and hard-won success. Their adventurous, hearty, and entrepreneurial spirit remains a strong force in our family to this day.
Like the Acadians of this coastal region, my family relocated to Southern Louisiana, near New Orleans. The rich and incredibly diverse culture of South Louisiana encourages us to truly appreciate life, and to savor all the blessings that the Good Lord and hard work will bring our way. The gold fleur-de-lis serves as a reminder of this appreciation for a life well lived.
Land of Plenty,
Land of Peace
The name Acadia also speaks to our hope and desire for our clients. The word Acadia is found in various languages, and usually means, “land of plenty, land of peace.” I cannot think of a better aspiration for our clients
The gold fleur-de-lis connects Acadia to our family, faith, and culture. The Acadia Financial Services fleur-de-lis, designed by our son, adds the central feature of Christ’s cross, which serves as a reminder to us of our goal to “Glorify God and serve his people.”