None of the ordinaries have so uncertain an origin as the Chevron, which is so called from its expansion like the roof of a house, to which etymology Legh inclines when speaking of a person who bore three chevronels, ‘the ancestors of this coat hath built three great houses in one province.’

-From Inquiries into the Origin and Progress of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p457 (1793)

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