Donnelly Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Donnelly Family History

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


The name Donnelly in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Donnghaile Sept, taken from a Gaelic word meaning 'valour'. The Sept was based in County Donegal originally but migrated to County Tyrone. It is in the Province of Ulster that the majority of descendants can still be found.

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 Donnelly Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Wavy Often representing water
Fish Symbol of Christ
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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