The “cross potent” is so called because each of its ends resembles a crude crutch (called a “potent”). (It should not be confused with a “cross potenty”, which is an ordinary with a complex line of partition.) The cross potent is also sometimes called a “cross billety” in early blazons. The cross potent is found in one of the early versions of the arms of Jerusalem, temp. Edward I [ANA2 313], and as a charge in its own right in the arms of Fox, 1413 [DBA3 153].
Konrad of Calanais Nuadh bears: Checky vert and argent, a cross potent sable.
Lukas Weber bears: Quarterly sable and purpure, in sinister chief a cross potent argent.
Ghislaine d’Auxerre bears as a badge: A cross potent Or.