Fogarty Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Fogarty Family History

Fogarty Family History

The Fogarty ancient family history was found in the archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Fogarty include Fogerty and Fogartie. These names are taken from the O'Fogartaigh sept that was of sufficient importance to give its name to a large territory called Eliogarty, being the Southern part of Eile or Ely, the Northern being Ely Carroll. Eliogarty is now the name of the barony of County Tipperary in which the town of Thurles is situated. Though located outside the area associated with Dalcassian septs these families are regarded as Dalcassian in origin. The ancient text 'The Annals of Ulster', under the date 1072, describe the Chief of the sept as O'Fogarty, King of Ely. In modern times the name is seldom rendered with its original prefix 'O'.The Fogarty family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Fogarty descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Fogarty Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'
Wheatsheaf/Garb Symbol of Plenty
Harp/Lyre Denotes Contemplation
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage

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