Owl, (fr. hibou): this bird is frequently found in armorial bearings, and it is always depicted full-faced. It is found in an old roll of arms(as is supposed) under the name of hilt. In one coat the horned owl is named. An owlet, fr. hulotte, is only borne in French arms: the French also have the chouette, which is the screech-owl. The chat-huant, also a kind of owl, is borne by the family of D’HUC DE MONSEGOUT.
Sable, a chevron between three owls argent–PRESCOTT, co. Hertford.
Argent, three owls sable, beaked and legged or–BRIGGE, Norfolk.
Or, three owls in fesse sable–OULRY.
Gules, three hilts[owls in margin] argent–Sir Richard BERINGHAM, Roll, temp. 1308.
Sable, a chevron between three owls argent; on a chief three roses gules–OLDHAM, Bp. of Sodor and Man, 1481-86.
Ermine, on a canton gules an owl or–FOWLER.
Vert, a lion rampant between three owls argent–HOLGRAVE.
Azure, a bend engrailed or between three owls argent, each on a tun lying fesswise of the second–CALTON. co. Cambridge, 1567.
Argent, on a mount a tree, on the top an owl proper, in chief two mullets gules–BOUCHIER, London.
Sable, three horned owls argent–FESTING.
Owls are borne also by the families of APPLEYARD, co. Norfolk; ATLOW; BURTON, co. Buckingham; BRIDGES, (Bp. of Oxford. 1604-18); BROUGHTON, co. Salop; FINN, Ireland; FORD, co. Devon; FORSTER; GOSSETT; HERWART, 1730; HEWETT; HOOKES, co. Denbigh; LEMARCHANT, Guernsey; OLDGRAVE, co. Chester; ROWTON; SKEPPER, co. Lincoln; THURCASTON; TREWOLA, co. Cornwall; WAKEFIELD, co. York; WESTERDALE.