Canavan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Canavan Family History

If you are conducting some Canavan family history research then you can view the Canavan coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Canavan surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Canavan in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Ceanndubhain Sept who were hereditary physicians to the O'Flahertys of Connemara in the West of the country. Whitehead and Whitelock are sometimes used as variant translations of this name that is still often found in Galway.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Canavan Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
Wheatsheaf/Garb Symbol of Plenty
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