Duignan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Duignan Family History

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


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The family history of the ancient name Duignan was found in the irishsurnames.com 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 Duignan include Dignam, Dignan, Duigenan and O'Duigenan. The name Duignan is derived from the Gaelic O'Duidhgeannain sept that was located in the eastern part of Connaught Province and County Roscommon in particular. Families of this sept were among the most learned of Gaelic Ireland.

A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.

Other variants of this name include Doogan and Dougan which are found mostly in Ulster Province in the north of the country. A branch of the original sept migrated eastwards into Counties Cavan, Longford and Westmeath where the variant Dignam and Deignan are found.The Duignan 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 Duignan descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Duignan 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
Snake Symbol of Wisdom
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