McCartan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McCartan Family History

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


The name McCartan in Ireland is derived from the Gaelic Mac Artain Sept who were based in County Down in the North of the country. It is in this County and in County Armagh that the majority of descendants can still be found. McCarton is a variant of this name.

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 McCartan Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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