Úpin Crests and Coats-of-arms

    You've seen the ads . . .

     You know, the ones proclaiming that Company X will sell you a book with YOUR very own personal family history in it.

     If Company X originates in Bath, Ohio, save your money, and go to the library to look through the phone books there.  That's about all Company X does; they bundle up listings for a single surname from telephone books around the world, add a mini-course in heraldry and genealogy, and sell it to the unsuspecting public.  I call them Company X because they've change their name many times but still operate out of Bath.  A cousin bought one of their books and the only thing worth while in it -- in my opinion -- was a Stuckey coat of arms.

     Crest and Coats-of-arms are things that are bestowed on an individual basis for individual deeds that merited such.  IF descendants have the right to bear these, they are altered in some way to differentiate between the original honoree and the current holder.

     For instance . . .

    Say your great great etc Grandfather Pierre Pepin gave his all during the Crusades and was knighted and awarded a family crest reflecting his deeds.  He became SIR Pierre, and got this really cool crest, with angels and purple drops signifying he was a Very Important Person.  As his descendant, you can say you are descended from the owner the crest in question, you can say you are a member of that family, you can even hang a copy of it on the wall of  your living room, but unless there are some very special circumstances, it not YOUR personal crest.  It's like his honorific SIR, it is not passed down from generation to generation like curly hair or an extra toe.

A Pepin crest      Speaking of Company X,

a Pepin correspondent sent me this Pepin crest, gleaned from the pages of one of Company X's informative books. (Thanks, Perry Pepin.)

     In keeping with Company X's style, there was no other information to go with this crest.

I found this coat of arms in the August 25, 2000, Smoke Signals, a Publication of the Grand Ronde Tribe in Oregon (their URL is www.grandronde.org).

Said Thomas Lachance in his article on page 11, he says, in part, "I'm presenting the coat of arms for the family descendants of the Pepin dit LaChances'. The LaChance Coat of Arms hereby illustrated is officially documented in Riestap's Armorial General. Coat of Arms were developed in the Middle Ages as means of identifying warriors in battle and tournaments.


     Thank you, Thomas Lachance.

The original description of the arms (shield) is as follows: silver; two green trees on green ground; a blue upper third charged with a gold sun.

Pepin Blazon of Arms, registered in Mons, France.

     This is from a booth at the Excalibur Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.  My brother Don and sis-in-law Janis took me down to spend New Years there as a 1990 Christmas present.

     The booth at the Excalibur advertised that they could find MY family coat of arms or refund my $40.  I thought it would be a cool way to save $40 for the next day; at that point, I was convinced that we were the only Peppans in the world.

     Boy, was I surprised when I went back to the booth and was handed a piece of paper rather than my $40.  This was my very first step towards looking for spellings other than PEPPAN for my last name.

The info that came with this Blazon of Arms said:
NAME: Peppan (Pepin)
ORIGIN: France
ARMS: Argent, three drops purpure between a fess Gules.
CREST: A drop purpure
MOTTO: J'espoire
SUPPORTERS: Two angels proper habited white, winged argent, crined or.
DROPS: symbolic of tears, and may have a scriptural reference
FESS:  a military belt or girdle of honour
ANGELS: denote dignity, glory, and honour


Registered in MONS, FRANCE.

     With this note:

"Over past centuries, arms have been granted to many thousands of individuals including, most probably, someone of your surname.  Clearly, you would not use such a Coat of Arms, but there is no legal injunction against hanging up any armorial bearings for decoration only, for which purpose they are supremely fitted."-- Caledonian Research Centre

(Thanks, Maury!)

     And this one, purchased from a booth at a local Fred Meyers store.


     Says the certificate that came with it -- and I quote verbatim . . .

Pepin Coat of Arms from Normandy

The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Pepin

     From ancient Gascogne, situated between Garonne and the Pyrenees, the Pepin family rose to battle for their survival through to the modern ages.  From the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD Gascogne was a part of the Roman Empire and ruled from neighbouring Aquitane, until in 418 the Visigoths invaded the region and then in the 5th century conquered the Franks.  Gascogne was given its name by the Vascones who invaded the region in the middle of the 6th century, and was again elevated to a Duchy and reunited to the Duchy of Aquitane.  The family name Pepin was first found in Gascogne, where the family has been seated since very early times.

     Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone change for many reasons.  Simple spelling changes happened when a person gave his name, verbally, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder, and different branches of a family sometimes adopted another spelling to signify either a political or religious adherence.  Hence, we have many variations in this name Pepin, some of which are Pepin, Peppin, Peppain, Peping, Pepine, Pepins, Le Pepin, De Pepin, but all are included in the basic origin of the surname.

     In 1154 Gascogne was included with the possessions of Eleanor of Aquitane on her marriage to King Henry II, Plantagenet of England, and came under English domination.  In 1259 it was confirmed to England by Louis IX but later was returned to France.  The region was finally ceded to Charles VII of France after the victory of Castillon.

     The family name Pepin was found in Gascogne, where this renowned family was anciently seated with their lands, estates and manor.  The old Pepin or de Landen was the ancestor of the Carlovingians who died in 639.  He was the Mayor of the Palace under Kings Clotaire II and Dagobert I.  "Young Pepin" or de Herstal who died in 714 was the Mayor of the Palace in 680 in Austrasie (the east of the Frank kingdom). Beaten by Abroin, Mayor of Neustrie (the west of the Frank kingdom) at Jeucofoa, he triumphed over the Neustrians at Tertry in 687 and became Mayor of the Palace of Neustrie and Burgundy under Childebert III thus bringing together the Frankish Kingdom under one King.  As a prominent family of Agenais, some of the distinguished members of this ancient family were most impressive in their contribution toward the community in which they lived.

     Through the centuries the family expanded, developed and grew in size and influence.  Some of the members moved and branched to Marmande.  There they participated extensively and got actively involved in the current affairs of the community which were either political, social, or cultural.  In recognition of their great work several were named consuls for the town of Marmande such as Guillaume Pepin and Jean-Joseph Pepin. Pierre Pepin from the branch of Laune was also a local councillor.  Through the marriage of his descendants the members of the family acquired the title of Counts.  A noble member of this family was Louis Pepin, Chief Treasurer and Paymaster and also Sub-Prefect of the region.  Notable amongst the family at this time was Louis Pepin, Chief Treasurer and Paymaster.

     France, from the early 16th century became a European leader of culture and society, and in an expanding awareness, exploration of the New World became a challenge to all European countries.  Along the eastern seaboard of North America there were from north to south, New France, New England, New Holland, and New Spain.  Jacques Cartier made the first of three voyages to New France in 1534.  Champlain made over twenty voyages to France in order to encourage settlers to New France and in 1617, brought back the first true migrant, Louis Hebert, and his family.

     The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France.  15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, commemorating their presence by leaving French place names scattered across the continent.  The search for the North west passage continued.

     By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 500 French Acadians in the Maritimes.  In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England, were deported and found refuge in Louisiana.  Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding Lower Canada.

     Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pepin were Paul Pepin settled in Carolina in 1695-1696; Madeleine Pepin settled in Carolina in 1695-1696; Andrew Pepin settled in New York in 1775; Andre Pepin aged 25, settled in Louisiana in 1719; W. Peppin settled in Virginia and Matthew Pepping settled in Virginia in 1665.

     Meanwhile, many of this distinguished family name Pepin were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France: Jean-Luc Pepin Trade Consultant and former Minister of trade and Commerce, Canada; John Lewis Pepin, Educational Administrator, New Jersey; Camille Pepin Pharmacist; Denis Pepin, Entrepreneur of Quebec City.

     Research has determined the above Coat of Arms to be the most ancient recorded for the family surname Pepin.

Certification # - 973350-12.11-2991
Copyright 1994, The Hall of Names Inc.
All rights reserved

Should you disagree with the above Pepin history,
drop me some email telling me where I can go
to find corrections to the above.

     Everybody needs a hobby, mine -- among others -- is collecting Pepin crests and coat-of-arms.

     If you have further information on any of the crests or coats of arms here, or if you should have a Pepin crest or coat of arms that doesn't appear here, tell me about it.


     And now for a mini-lesson in heraldry, courtesy of the Caledonian Research Centre.  The following was included with the blazon of arms I got from Caledonian Research.

Metals and Colours and Their Meanings
OR (Gold) - purity, valour ARGENT (Silver) - peace, nobility GULES (Red) - fire, fortitude
AZURE (Blue) - loyalty, truth VERT (Green) - strength, freshness SABLE (Black) - repentance, royalty
PURPURE (Purple) - justice, majesty ERMINE (White) - valour, leadership VAIR - mark of dignity
Some of the many charges and what they mean
ANCHOR: faith and hope
ANGEL: dignity, glory and honour
ANNULET: fidelity
ARM: power
ARROW: resolve to be ready, authority
APPLE: good luck
AXE: strength
BEAR: defender of family
BEE: industrious, regal power and represents well governed industry
BEND: defense or protection: distinguished commanders
BEZANT: one who has been found worthy of trust and treasure.
BOAR: perseverance, fierce combat
BOAT: venturesome
BORDURE: augmentation of honour
BULL: protector
CANTON: high honourable bearing
CANTON CHARGED: granted by the sovereign as reward
CASTLE: defense, grandeur
CAT: stealth
CHEVRON: protection; a reward for notable enterprise
CHIEF: dominion and authority granted for successful command in war.
CRANE: vigilance
CROSS: dedication 
CROWN: royalty
DOLPHIN: affection towards our children
DOVE: constancy, peace
DRAGON: valiant defender of treasure
EAGLE: superiority, lofty spirit, man of action
ELEPHANT: strength and memory 
ESCALLOP SHELL:  long journeys to far countries and gained great victories
FALCON: eager pursuit of object
FEATHERS: obedient, serenity
FESS: military belt or girdle of honour
FISH: science
FLEUR de LIS: whiteness of soul
FOX: wit and wisdom
GRIFFIN: face death before capture
GYRON: unity
HAND: pledge of faith, sincerity
HEART: gentleness, love, emblem of charity
HEDGEHOG: provident provider
HORSE: speed, noble helpful
KEY: knowledge
KNIFE:  sacrifice
LAMB: gentle, patient
LEOPARD: valiant, hardy
LION: strength, valour
LOZENZE: noble birth
LYMPHED: notable expedition by sea
MACE: authority
MULLET: divine quality bestowed from above: knighthood
PALE:  military strength and fortitude
PANTHER: tender and loving to her young
PLATE: generosity
PLUME of FEATHERS: willing obedience
RAM: leader
RAVEN: God of war by Danes (870 AD)
RHINOCEROS: right at all odds
SADDLE: preparedness for active service
SERPENT: defiance, wisdom
SPEAR: valiant, devotion to honour
BROKEN SPEAR:  peacemaker
STAG: purity, peace and harmony
STORK: grateful man, obedience to parents
SWAN: learned person, lover of beauty, ensign of poets, musical person
SWORD: government, justice
TALBOT: vigilant, loyal fidelity
TIGER: fierce and valiant
TORTOISE:  invulnerable to attack
TOWER: defense
TREFOIL: perpetuity, that the just man shall never wither
UNICORN: virtue, courage
WATER BOUGETS: conferred on those who had brought water to an army
WOLF: valiant captains

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updated 12 June 2003