Hartnett / Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Hartnett / Family History

Hartnett / Family History

The family history of the ancient name Hartnett was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Hartnett include Harnett, O'Harney, Harney, Harknett, Harnedy, Hartnetty and Harnet. This name in Irish is O'hAirtneada and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.

The name appears frequently in the ancient sixteenth century Fiants. The form Harnet is more usual in County Limerick with Hartnett found in County Cork. In each of these Counties, before the transfer of ownership of land from landlords to tenants, there were four large proprietors called Harnett. Harney is common to Tipperary and Waterford.The Hartnett family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Hartnett descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Hartnett / Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'
The Tiger Denotes Great Fierceness and Valour in Combat

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