Downey Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Downey Family History

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


The name Downey in Ireland is often derived from the native Gaelic O'Maoldomhnaigh Sept that was located in Ulster Province. This Gaelic name was also anglicized as Muldowney and Gildowney. Other Downeys may derive from a branch of the Southern O'Sullivan Sept who were known as 'O'Suileabhain an Duna', the O'Sullivans of the fort.

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 Downey Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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