Sheridan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Sheridan Family History

Sheridan Family History

The ancient origin of the name Sheridan 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 Sheridan include O'Sheridan and Sheraton. This Irish family originated in County Longford where they were erenaghs of Granard. They later moved to County Cavan where they were followers of the powerful O'Reillys. The name in Irish is O'Sirideain meaning 'descendant of Siridean'. The Sheridans are now widely spread throughout each of the four Provinces, though found less in Munster than elsewhere. The prefix 'O' was mostly dropped during the seventeenth century. Families of the name have been noted for their achievements in the literary field, the most famous being Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751-1816, the Dublin born dramatist and orator, and longtime member of the English Parliament. The variant Sheraton was first recorded in the year 1318 in the 'Histories and Antiquities of the County Palatine, County Durham'.The Sheridan 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 Sheridan descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Sheridan Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
Shamrock/Trefoil Signifies Perpetuity

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