If you are conducting some O'Sullivan family history research then you can view the O'Sullivan 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 O'Sullivan surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'
Together the names Sullivan and
O'Sullivan rank as the third most
frequently found in Ireland.
There were two main Septs with this
name. The O'Sullivan Mor Sept was
based in County Kerry and the
O'Sullivan Beare Sept was based in
It is mainly in these two Counties
that the majority of descendants
can still be found.
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.
|Gules/Red||'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.|
|Boar||Represents the bearing of a Warrior|
|The Lion||Emblem of Deathless Courage|
|Snake||Symbol of Wisdom|
|Stag/Buck/Deer||Signifies Policy, Peace and Harmony|
|Sword||Symbol of Government and Justice|
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