Kavanaugh Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Kavanaugh Family History

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


The names Kavanagh and Kavanaugh in Ireland are derived from the Gaelic word 'Caomhanach' which was an epithet 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 and Cavanaugh are variant spellings 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 Kavanaugh 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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