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"Why pears? The arms (i.e. the depictions placed in the central shield in a coat of arms) used by Perrot family members for at least 600 years is described as "gules three pears or on a chief argent a demi-lion rampant issuant sable armed and langued gules"- 3 golden pears on a red background, below a silver area with the top half of a black lion standing on his hind legs, & showing a red tongue.

As arms came into common use, one of the predominant ways designs were chosen was to pick objects that phonetically resembled the name of the bearer. In this case, a golden pear (pear or) sounds like the French pronunciation of Perrot, the 't' of which is silent. This was known as canting arms, and the Perrot arms are a good example of a very useful practice in days when literacy was rare.

Along with the arms of the 3 pears, the family motto was "Amo ut invenio" - 'I love to discover' or 'I love as I find.' Here are some sample coats, showing the different ways the traditional Perrot shield and crest were incorporated into the coats of arms of different Perrot individuals across the ages. The 3-pear design supplanted the original family design, described as Quarterly, per fess, indented or and azure. That is, divided into fourths in gold and blue, with a saw-toothed edge separating the upper and lower halves. See examples of designs used by Perrott families. P Armorial Bearings"
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Perrott Entries in the General Armory 1884 - Highlighted lineage contested in the Court of Chivalry in 1639

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