Lavin Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Lavin Family History

If you are conducting some Lavin family history research then you can view the Lavin 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 Lavin 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 Lavin 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 Lavin include O'Lavin, Lavan, McGlavin and Glavin. This name in Irish is O'Lamhain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This name is taken from a Gaelic word meaning 'ruler' and the sept was based in County Roscommon.

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.

They were followers of MacDermot Roe, several being prominent in this capacity in the sixteenth century. This name has also been changed to the name Hand, bearers of which are mostly found in Limerick, Kilkenny and Wexford. Glavin is another form interchangeable with Lavin, they being a sept of the Hy Fiachrach.The Lavin 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 Lavin descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Lavin Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Fusil Denotes Travel and Labour
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