Begley Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Begley Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Begley

The Begley family history was found in the 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 Begley include Begly and Bagley. These names are derived from the Gaelic O'Beaglaoich sept. This sept name translates as 'little hero'.
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.
They were a Donegal sept located in the barony of Kilmacrennan. The association with that part of the country is evidenced in the placename Tulloghobegley in Donegal. A branch of the sept migrated to County Kerry as Gallowglass soldiers in the fifteenth century. The name is still well represented in Kerry and the surrounding Counties. The 1911 census records 37 families of the name residing there.
The Begley 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 Begley descendants.
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