Origin of the Name Scully
family history 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 Scully
include Scullion, Scullin and Scallan. Though originally of County Westmeath, as early as the twelfth century the O'Scolaidhe sept, from which these names are derived, were driven by Anglo-Norman pressure to County Tipperary and may be regarded as belonging to Munster. Birth statistics place them chiefly in County Cork in modern times. A branch of the family retained its lands in County Dublin up to the year 1256 when the property of William O'Scully passed into ecclesiastical possession. On leaving Delvin in County Westmeath, one branch settled at Lorrha in North Tipperary where they became erenaghs of the Church of St. Ruan. Another branch of the same sept settled near Cashel in South Tipperary in the seventeenth century. Scully's Cross, unlike many family memorials, may be said to add to the beauty of the Scullys legacy.
The Scully 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 Scully descendants.