Coveney Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Coveney Family History


Coveney Family History


The ancient origin of the name Coveney 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 Coveney include Keaveney, O'Guiney, Kevan, McCoveney, Keveney, Kevany, Geaveny, Geany and Guiney. This name in Irish is MacCoibheanaigh and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Cranagh in County Kilkenny.

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.

Another sept were of the Ui Maine descended from Geibheannach, son of a Hy Many Chief slain in 971 in County Galway. The Guineys are a branch of this sept.The Coveney 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 Coveney descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Coveney Coat of Arms


Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Bend A bearing of High Honour which signifies Defence or Protection.
Shamrock/Trefoil Signifies Perpetuity

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