If you are conducting some Rafferty family history research then you can view the Rafferty 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 Rafferty surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'
The name Rafferty in Ireland is
derived from the native Gaelic
O'Raithbheartaigh Sept that was
located in Counties Tyrone and
Louth and where the majority of
descendants still hail from.
The name is taken from Gaelic words
that translate as 'prosperity wielder'.
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.
|Ermine||Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages|
|Gules/Red||'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.|
|Sable/Black||Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.|
|The Fess||Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour|
|Dolphin||Symbol of charity and Kind Affection towards children|
|Eagle||Symbol of Power and Strength|
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