Mayo Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Mayo Family History

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


The name Mayo in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic MacMaighiu sept who also anglicized their name as MacMawe, Mahew and Mayhew. This Gaelic name is taken from the Norse first name Maheu, later changed to Matthew.

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 Mayo Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
Crown Denotes Royal Authority
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