Kirby Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Kirby Family History

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


The name Kirby in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Ciarmhaic Sept that was located in Counties Limerick and Kilkenny. The name is taken from a Gaelic phrase that translates as 'dark son'. There are a number of variants including Kerwick, Kervick and even Kerribly in County Mayo.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Kirby Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Canton An Honorable charge
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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