McCarthy Family Crest


McCarthy family crest

Meaning of the colors on the McCarthy family crest

Argent (silver) - represents the McCarthy reputation for peacefulness and sincerity.

Gules (red) - signifies martyrdom and the family's historic military strength when called upon in times of war.



 Meaning of the symbols on the McCarthy family crest 


The deer - symbolizes a peaceful nature and people who will not fight unless provoked by another.

The lizard - represents wisdom and the successful pursuit of wisdom by this ancient family.



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Origins of the McCarthy family name

The word "McCarthy" is derived from the Gaelic Mac Cárthaigh, meaning "son of Cárthach".
Cárthach was a 7th-century Irish chieftain who was descended from the Kings of Munster.
The McCarthy clan is one of the most powerful and influential families in Ireland. They have produced many notable figures, including politicians, military leaders, and artists.
The McCarthy name has been associated with Ireland for centuries, and remains one of the most common surnames in the country today.

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Summary of the McCarthy family and the McCarthy family crest

  • The McCarthy clan is one of the oldest and most powerful families in Ireland with a history dating back over 1,000 years.
  • The clan's name comes from the Gaelic Mac Carthaigh, meaning "son of Cárthach", a popular first name in early Ireland.
  • The McCarthy clan's territory was originally located in County Cork in the south of Ireland.
  • The clan's fortunes changed in the 12th century when they allied themselves with the powerful Fitzgerald clan and acquired land in the Kingdom of Desmond.
  • The McCarthy clan played a pivotal role in the Desmond Rebellions of the 1580s, which resulted in their territory being confiscated by the English Crown.
  • The clan's chieftain, Dermot McCarthy, was a noted rebel leader and was executed by the English in 1586.
  • The McCarthy clan remained a powerful force in Irish politics throughout the 17th century, providing several members of the Irish Parliament.
  • The clan's territory was restored to them in the early 18th century and their power and influence continued to grow.
  • The clan was involved in the Irish Rebellion of 1803 and several other wars.
  • The family surname first began to be used in America in the late 1600s, when Irish immigrants began arriving in large numbers.
  • The majority of these immigrants were from the southern counties of Ireland, where the McCarthy clan was based.
  • Many of the early family immigrants settled in the New England states, where the surname is still common today.