Hughes Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Hughes Family History

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


The name Hughes in Ireland is of similar origin to O'Hea and Hayes and is derived from the native Gaelic O'hAodha Septs that were proliferate in Counties Cork, Clare, Donegal, Wexford, Sligo and Galway. It is in these Counties that the majority of descendants can still be found.

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 Hughes Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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