Kelliher Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Kelliher Family History


Kelliher Family History


The Kelliher ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Kelliher include O'Kelleher and Kelleher. The Gaelic sept from which these names arise were of Dalcassian origin. Their name in Irish is O'Ceileachair taken from words that translate as 'companion dear'.

A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.

The leader of the sept was a nephew of the famous Brian Boru. They were originally of County Clare in the fourteenth century but later migrated to Counties Kerry and Cork. In the 1921 census there were 165 families of the name in County Cork. This name is sometimes abbreviated to Keller which is more usually of German origin.The Kelliher family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Kelliher descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Kelliher Coat of Arms


Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Oak Tree/Acorns/Oak Leaves Symbol of Antiquity and Strength

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