Whelan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Whelan Family History

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


The names Whelan and Phelan in Ireland both derive from the O'Faolain Septs that were principally located in Counties Waterford and Kilkenny. Together these names rank among the fifty most frequently found names in the country and it is in the ancestral homeland Counties that the majority of descendants can still be found.

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 Whelan Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Fleur de Lis Representing Purity and Light. Is also the floral symbol of France
Fusil Denotes Travel and Labour
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