Starr Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Starr Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Starr blazon are the estoile, balance, heart and human eye. The three main tinctures (colors) are vert, or and azure .

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

There were of course many widely recognised symbols that existed long before the advent of heraldry and it should be no surprise that some of these were adopted as charge in coats of arms 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P301. The estoile is a typical example, reflecting the stars in the sky and represented with six wavy points, often with a little shading to give it some depth. 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Estoile. The ancient writer Guillim assigns these symbols as the emblems of God’s goodness”. 11A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P77

Although we expect to find fierce creatures and fearsome weapons depicted in a coat of arms this is not always the case – sometimes simple household objects are used 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281. The balance or scales is a typical example of this. Sometimes these objects were chosen for the familiarity they would have for the obsever, helping them identify the owner, and sometimes they were used because of some association with the owner, or a similarity to the family name. 13Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 100

The heart is represented by the conventional symbol that we see today on playing cards. In later arms it can also appear emflamed and crowned. 14A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Heart Guillim, the 17th century heraldic author, believes that it shows the holder to be a “man of sincerity…who speaks truth from his heart”. 15A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P184

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Starr Name

3,888; Australia 3,116; Canada 2,164; Philippines 1,224; South Africa 913; Germany 639; Russia 414; Mexico 288; New Zealand 225

Notable People:

Leonard Starr (1925-2015) who was a comic book artist, and a cartoonist from America, he is most notably recognized for creating the comic strip “On Stage” and reviving Little Orphan Annie

Blaze Starr (1935-2015) who was born with the name Fannie Belle Fleming, and who was a stripper and burlesque comedienne, who was most notably recognized for her affair with the Governor of Louisiana, Earl Kemp Long, and who was the inspiration of the 1989 film Blaze

Albert Starr (born in 1926) who was cardiovascular surgeon from America, and who was the co-winner of the 2007 Lasker Award for clinical research

James Harper Starr (1809-1890) who was a civil servant from America, who served as the Secretary of the Treasury of the Republic of Texas

Kenneth Winston Starr (born in 1946) who is a judge, solicitor general, and lawyer from America, and who was most notably recognized for his investigation of figures during the Clinton administration

Ringo Starr(born in 1940) who was born with the name of Richard Parkin Starkey, and who was an English musician, a singer, a songwriter, and who is most notably known for being the drummer of The Beatles

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Canterbury, co. Kent). Az. a pair of scales or balances within an orle of eight estoiles or. Crest—A lion couchant or, charged with an estoile gu.
2) Ar. a heart gu. a chief potence of the last. Crest—A demi lion ppr. holding a mullet or.
3) (co. Wilts; settled for several generations in the parish of Longbridge-Deverell, in that county; represented by Starr, co. Northampton). Vert on a chev. ar. betw. three estoiles or, a human eye ppr. betw. two lozenges of the field. Crest—On a mount vert a cat-a-mountain sejant guard. ppr. the dexter forepaw resting on an estoile or.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
3. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
4. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
5. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
6. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
8. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
9. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P301
10. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Estoile
11. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P77
12. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281
13. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 100
14. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Heart
15. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P184