Dempsey Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Dempsey Family History

If you are conducting some Dempsey family history research then you can view the Dempsey 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 Dempsey surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Dempsey in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Diomasaigh Sept, taken from a Gaelic word meaning 'proud'. The Sept is famous in having been one of the few to inflict a defeat on the mighty Strongbow. The name is widespread and can be still found near the homeland Counties of Laois and Offaly.

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 Dempsey Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
Sword Symbol of Government and Justice
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