Keys Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Keys Family History

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


The names Keys and Keyes in Ireland are often of immigrant origin having been brought into the country by settlers from England, especially during the seventeenth century. The native Gaelic Mac Aoidh Sept of County Donegal sometimes anglicized their name as Keys as well as the more usual MacKee or MacKay.

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 Keys Coat of Arms

Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
Keys Symbol of Guardianship and Dominion
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