Dwyer Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Dwyer Family History


Dwyer Family History


The ancient origin of the name Dwyer was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

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 Dwyer include O'Dwyer. In Ireland the O'Dwyers were a powerful Sept in County Tipperary, their lands being the mountainous area lying between the town of Thurles and County Limerick. They gave staunch resistance to the English through mediaeval and modern times. For five years, Michael Dwyer, 1771-1825, defied the English and was transported to Australia in the year 1803, where he became a policeman. In modern times, the Reverend Edward O'Dwyer, 1842-1917, Bishop of Limerick, endeared himself to the people of Ireland by his stand on behalf of Sinn Fein and the men of 1916.The Dwyer 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 Dwyer descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Dwyer Coat of Arms


Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage

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