Raftery Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Raftery Family History

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


The name Raftery in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Reachtaire Sept that was located in County Mayo in the West of the country. The name is taken from a Gaelic word that translates as 'decree'. This Sept name was also sometimes changed to Rafter or Raftiss.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Raftery Coat of Arms

Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Eagle Symbol of Power and Strength
Fish Symbol of Christ
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