Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Kilkhampton, co. Cornwall). Az. three bars wavy ar.
2) (Plymouth, co. Devon). Sa. a fess or, betw. five owls, three in chief and two in base ar.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Westlake Coat of Arms and Family Crest

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Westlake Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Westlake blazon are the bars wavy and owl. The three main tinctures (colors) are azure, argent and owl .

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 1. 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” 2.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 3. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 4.

The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). It is also possible to place decorative edges along bars, typically these are smaller than those found on the major ordinaries like the fess and pale, but have the same design and share the same meanings. The decorative edge pattern Wavy, is a typical example of this. For obvious reasons it is associated with both water and the sea 5. Indeed, a roundel with alternating bars of azure and argent (blue and white) is known by the shorthand term fountain, representing water at the bottom of a well 6. Other colours have also been used and the result can be very pleasing to the eye.

Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 7. The owl has long been associated with heraldry and is depicted in a clearly recognised aspect, always with its face to the viewer. 8 It comes as no surprise that previous generations of heraldic writers ascribed to it the traits of “vigilance and acute wit”. 9

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References

  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 5 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P40
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Water
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Owl
  • 9 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P77