Garvey Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Garvey Family History

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


The name Garvey in Ireland is derived from either the O'Gairbhith or the MacGairbhith native Gaelic Septs who were located in Counties Armagh and Donegal respectively. The O'Gairbhiths were a branch of the O'Hanlons of the same area. Garvan and Garvin are variants of this name which can also be derived from the County Kerry based O'Garbhain Sept.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Garvey Coat of Arms

Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
Cross Patoncee/Cross Flory One who had Conquered
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