Origin of the Name Gaine
The ancient history of the name Gaine
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Gaine include Geaney, O'Geaney and Geane. This name in Irish is O'Geibheannaigh and the latter variants are anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Cork and Kerry .
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 prefix 'O' has been dropped from this name with the form Geaney being found mainly in Counties Cork and Kerry where Geane and Gaine are not uncommon. The first record of the name was in 1590 when a MacGebenay obtained a pardon in Roscommon in the year 1590. A Father Roger O'Giana was captured by the English and thrown into Cork prison in the year 1599, after which he managed to escape. The prefix 'Mac' has been retained and most of todays bearers of the name hail from Counties Cork and Kerry .
The Gaine 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 Gaine descendants.