Doherty Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Doherty Family History

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


The names Doherty and Dougherty in Ireland are derived from the O'Dochartaigh Sept who were located in Inishowen in County Donegal in the North West of the country. Descendants of this Sept now rank among the twenty most frequently found names in Ireland.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Doherty 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
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Mullet/Star of Five Points Denotes Virtue, Learning, and Piety.
Stag/Buck/Deer Signifies Policy, Peace and Harmony
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