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 is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

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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