McDermott Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McDermott Family History

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


The Irish name McDermott is derived from the native Gaelic Mac Diarmada Septs of which there were three, all based in Connaught. The Roscommon Sept was located in County Roscommon and led by the 'Prince of Coolavin'. The other main Sept was known as 'MacDermot Roe' taken from the a Gaelic word meaning 'red'.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McDermott 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
Finger Ring/Annulet Symbol of Fidelity
Boar Represents the bearing of a Warrior
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades