Houlihan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Houlihan Family History

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


The Irish name Houlihan is derived from the native Gaelic O'hUallachain Septs of which there were several. The name is taken from a Gaelic word that translates as 'proud'. There are a number of variants including Oulihan, Whoolahan, Hoolahan and Holohan. Houlihan is most often found in Munster Province, in County Limerick.

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 Houlihan Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Finger Ring/Annulet Symbol of Fidelity
Tower/Castle Denotes Grandeur and a place in Society
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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