Kilbane Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Kilbane Family History

If you are conducting some Kilbane family history research then you can view the Kilbane 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 Kilbane 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 Kilbane was found in the 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 Kilbane include Kilbann, McElvenna, McIlveen, McElvenna, McElveny and Gilvany. This name in Irish is MacGiollaBhain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. White is another anglicized form as the Gaelic word for white is 'ban', as used in the Sept name. This sept came from County Sligo.

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.

This sept were of the Hy Fiachrach and were located in the Parish of Dromard, County Sligo. The name appears in the 1659 Census as MacElveaine in the baronies of Dromahair and Rosclogher which are at the Northern end of County Leitrim. The form McIlveen is often found in South County Down. McIlvany, McElvenna and Gilvany are found in North-East Ulster.The Kilbane 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 Kilbane descendants.

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