Kavanagh Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Kavanagh Family History

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


The name Kavanagh in Ireland is derived from the Gaelic word 'Caomhanach' which was an eipthet to a member of the MacMurrough Sept of Leinster. The name is among the sixty most frequently found in Ireland and is most common in Counties Wexford and Carlow. Cavanagh is a variant of this name.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Kavanagh Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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