Henehan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Henehan Family History

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


The names Henehan, Henaghan and Henihan in Ireland are derived from the native Gaelic O'hEineachain Sept that was located in County Mayo in the West of the country. This Sept name was also occasionally anglicized to Bird by virtue of the fact that the Gaelic word for bird is 'ean'. It is in the Western Counties that the majority of Henehans 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 Henehan Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
Griffin Symbol of Bravery and Vigilance
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
Martlet One who has been disposessed of land. Sign for fourth son. In Ireland the Martlett was the bird of perpetual movement
Pellet/Ogress/Gunstone Black Roundle which represents a Canon ball
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