Callaghan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Callaghan Family History

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


The Irish name Callaghan is derived from the native Gaelic O'Ceallachain Sept. The name is taken from a word meaning 'strife'. Ceallachain was a ninth century King of Munster and it is in Cork that a large proportion of descendants can still be found. The Sept moved to County Clare in the seventeenth century where the town of O'Callaghans Mills still exists.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Callaghan Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
Oak Tree/Acorns/Oak Leaves Symbol of Antiquity and Strength
The Wolf Symbolising the rewards of perseverance in long sieges or industry
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