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Our Coat of Arms


Since its very beginning, the Council of the Association of Pilons in America has always wanted to have its own Coat of Arms. The most likely Coat of Arms that had been chosen originally was that of the Pillon squire, Sire of Rougemont, District of Carentan, Normandy.

 

“Blue with a gold chevron and three stars”

 

As Antoine Pilon originated from Bayeux (Normandy) and the fact that 80 per cent of the Pilons in America are his descendants, it was only natural that a Norman influence would guide the first Council. However, in Normandy there are three other Pillon families that have their own Coat of Arms, or Family Crest. For two of these families, their Coat of Arms has slight variations compared to the one chosen by our Association. In fact, for the Squire Jacques Pillon, Sire of Boislandon, District of Argentan, the Coat of Arms is described as “Blue with three gold rods”, while Mr. Pillon, Sire of Tillaye, District of Pont-Audemer, the Coat of Arms is described as “Gold with a blue facade, along with three wheeled spurs”. For Francois Pillon, Sire of Gremane, District of Arques, the Coat of Arms is different: “Silver with a sable lion”. It seems that the last one was that of a man of law who probably offered his services to the throne during the troubled times in Normandy. Here, the colour silver signifies serenity and nobility.

 

However, the Coat of Arms chosen by our Association already belongs to a certain family and is protected because it is registered. This means that no one can use it without the family’s permission who owns it. As a wish expressed since its beginning, our Association has undertaken the task of obtaining its own Coat of Arms in 2005. This was obtained and presented to our members during the annual meeting of September 16, 2006.

 

“Blue with a gold chevron and three fleurs-de-lis”

 

This shield commands a helmet surrounded with a blue mantle lined with gold. The blue and the gold, as well as the chevron, are taken from the Coat of Arms of the Squire Pillon, Sire of Rougemont, Normandy. The three fleurs-de-lis were retained to express the French origin of Jean-Baptiste Pilon dit Lafortune from Paris and Antoine Pilon of Normandy, two of the three Pilons or Pillons to have immigrated to America and leave behind a progeny. No one will be able to use our Coat of Arms without the consent of our Association.

 

As to the meaning of our Coat of Arms, here are some details. The colour blue represents loyalty and splendor. Gold denotes generosity, value and perseverance. The chevron indicates that the holder has accomplished a remarquable feat of arms. As for the fleurs-de-lis, as described above, they are witness to our French origin. Finally, along with our new Coat of Arms, a new motto has been adopted which not only is a testimony to our link to our ancestors but also our presence in a modern world, ready to participate in its evolution. Therefore the motto is:

 

“KNOW THE PAST – LIVE THE PRESENT”

The Pilon Name

 

One interpretation of the name indicates that it was taken from the Latin word “pilum”, a heavy lance used by the Roman army. A second interpretation indicates that it was derived from the word “pile”, an old French word also derived from the Latin word “pila” (pilier meaning column).