Origin of the Name O'Hea
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'descendant of Hugh', O'Hea is a baptismal name of great antiquity. Variants include Hugh, Hayes and O'Hae. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Edde Hugh who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A William, son of Hugh, was recorded as being the Burgess of Aberdeen, Scotland , in the year 1189. A John Hughe, County Somerset, was recorded in 'Kirby's Quest', in the reign of Edward III. A Richard Hewes was recorded in the 'Valor Ecclesiasticus' in the thirteenth century. In Ireland O'Hea is one of several anglicized forms of the O'hAodha Gaelic name, being found in Ulster as Hughes. One sept called O'Hea was located in the western part of Cork but the most powerful was a Dalcassian sept of Thomond, now chiefly associated with Limerick and Tipperary.
The O'Hea 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'Hea descendants.