McHugh Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McHugh Family History

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


The Irish name McHugh is derived from the native Gaelci MacAodha Sept of which there were a number of different anglicized names. The main Septs who used McHugh as the anglicized versions of their name were based in County Galway, near Tuam, in Connemara and in County Donegal in the West of Ulster.

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 McHugh Coat of Arms

Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
The Saltire/St. Andrew's Cross signifies the symbol of Resolution
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
Ship/Galley Symbol of a notable Expedition by Sea
Shamrock/Trefoil Signifies Perpetuity
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