Origin of the Name Athey
The origin of the name Athey
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The Irish names Athey and Athy are derived from the Gaelic Atoi sept that was located in the West of the country in Connaught Province. They were one of the famous 'Tribes of Galway '. These families were originally of Norman descent having arrived into Ireland after the twelfth century invasion led by Strongbow. Like so many of their counterparts they became completely integrated into Gaelic society having later settled in County Kildare in Leinster Province at the start of the fourteenth century. They formed a sept along traditional Gaelic lines.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The town of Athy still exists in County Kildare and commemorates this ancient family name.
The Athey coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Athey descendants.