Heffernan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Heffernan Family History

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


The name Heffernan is derived from the native Gaelic O'hIfearnain Sept that was originally located in County Clare in the West of Ireland. From there they settled along the Limerick and Tipperary border where they are still well represented to his very day.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Heffernan Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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