McGrath Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McGrath Family History

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


The names McGrath and Magrath in Ireland both derive from the native Gaelic MagRaith Sept. Counties Fermanagh and Clare were the principal settlement points, this latter Sept being identified with the powerful O'Brien Sept and descendants of which are far more often found than that of the Northern Sept.

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 McGrath Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Axe Symbol of Execution of Military Duty
Cross Patoncee/Cross Flory One who had Conquered
Goat Symbolizing a person who wins through negotiation rather than war
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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