Origin of the Name O'Dea
The ancient history of the name O'Dea
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name O'Dea
include, O'Day, Day, Daye, Dee, O'Dee, Daw and many others. These names are derived from the Gaelic Ó'Deághaidh sept that was located in County Clare with the name also associated with the nearby Counties of Limerick and Tipperary. The name Godwin is another unusual anglicized version of this old Irish name. When Gaelic names were anglicized during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were often changed to Anglo equivalents that sounded most like their original Gaelic name. The head of the sept was Chief of a considerable territory comprising much of the barony of Inchiquin.
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.
Several bearers of the name are mentioned in the 'Four Masters' ancient Manuscripts. Among those was Cornelius O'Dea who died in the year 1434 and who was Archdeacon of Killaloe, and who later was appointed Bishop of Limerick .
The O'Dea 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 O'Dea descendants.