Graves Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Graves Family History

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


The English name Graves has been found in Ireland since the sixteenth century and is associated most with Counties Cork, Offaly, Tyrone and also with Dublin University. Variants of this name include Grave, Greave and Greaves. The name itself refers to a person who lived near a 'grove' and also to a person who held the position of steward.

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 Graves Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Canton An Honorable charge
Anchor Christian symbol of Hope
Crown Denotes Royal Authority
Eagle Symbol of Power and Strength
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