Desmond Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Desmond Family History

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


The name Desmond in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Deasmhumhnaigh sept that was located in County Cork in Munster Province. This sept name is derived from the Gaelic words 'deas' and 'Mumhan' meaning 'South Munster'. Some Desmonds may be descendants of the Fitzgeralds of Desmond.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Desmond Coat of Arms

Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
The Saltire/St. Andrew's Cross signifies the symbol of Resolution
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