Crest Meaning: Arnot

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A surname from the place in Kinross-shire. The crest is an upturned crescent. In modern Scottish heraldry this symbol is often used as a mark to indicate a second son, although it’s not clear how far that applies here. Through the middle ages the crescent was a symbol often adopted in knightly circles as a reference to crusades and the near east, which might be a better context to explain this. The motto is speratum et completum: ‘[that which is] hoped for and fulfilled’. The only possible source for this we’ve found is in the works of Peter Abailard (died 1142), ‘…quia amplius in amorem accendit completum beneficium quam speratum’, although this may just be a coincidence.