Origin of the Name Meath
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Meath in Ireland is often a form of the Gaelic name MacMath, the bearers of which name were a branch of the Scottish clan Matheson who have resided in Ulster Province since the seventeenth century when they arrived from England and Scotland as settlers. The variant MacMeath can be mostly found in County Monaghan. Other variants include MacMagh and MacMaugh. 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 variant MacMawe is from the Gaelic sept name MacMaighe, meaning 'son of Mathew' and was assumed by a family of Condon.
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.
Other bearers of this name may have taken their name from County Meath which is adjacent to County Dublin in Leinster Province.
The Meath 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 Meath descendants.