Estoile, or star, (fr. étoile): is as a rule represented of six points and wavy. Estoiles sometimes occur with a greater number of points, as eight, or sixteen. When the rays are represented straight this has been probably by accident, as the figure would then more properly be described as a mullet of so many points, but there has, no doubt, been some confusion between the estoile and mullet, the latter with English heralds being of five points, and with French heralds of six. See Mullet, also Star, and Rowel.
Sable, an estoile argent--INGILBY, Yorkshire. [other branches of the same family bear the estoile with eight and sixteen points.]
Azure, an estoile of sixteen points or--HINTSON, Yorkshire.
Gilbert HANSARDE, de goules a trois estoiles d'argent--Roll, temp. HEN. III.
Monsire John de COBHAM, gules sur une cheveron d'or, trois estoilles de sable, entre trois lis le asur--Roll, temp. ED. III.
Le Count d'OXFORD, port quarterly, d'or et gules, a un estoiele d'argent en le quarter gules devant--Ibid.
Argent, a chevron between three estoiles sable--MORDAUNT, Earl of Peterborough, 1628.
Ermine, on a canton sable a five-pointed estoile argent--Sir William de STROUD, Somerset.
Argent, a chevron between three estoiles of eight points wavy or--WISEMAN, Scotland.
Gules, a chevron engrailed between three six-pointed estoiles argent--PUISON, London.
Azure, a nine-pointed estoile or--ALDHAM.
A star within a crescent appears as the badge of RICHARD I., JOHN, and HENRY III., and was possibly intended to signify the ascendancy of Christianity over Mahomedanism, and so emblematic of the Crusades.