Bourke Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Bourke Family History


Bourke Family History


The names Burke and Bourke, a variant spelling, were introduced to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans in the twelfth century. These names derive from de Burgo Septs of which settled largely in the province of Connaught. Other variations of the name include Burgh and De Burgh.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Bourke Coat of Arms


Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage

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