McTernan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McTernan Family History


McTernan Family History


The names McTernan, Ternan and Tiernan in Ireland are derived from the native Gaelic Mac Tighearnain Sept, taken from a Gaelic word meaning 'lord'. This Sept was located in Counties Cavan and Leitrim and it is here that the majority of descendants bearing these names can still today be found.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McTernan Coat of Arms


Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage

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