York Coat of Arms, Family Crest and York Family History

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


The names York and Yorke in Ireland are usually of immigrant origin having been brought into the Province of Ulster by settlers who arrived from England, especially during the seventeenth century. York is also the anglicized form of the native Gaelic Mac Conchearcha Sept, meaning 'hound of Cearc'.

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 York Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
Stag/Buck/Deer Signifies Policy, Peace and Harmony
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