Burke Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Burke Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Burke

The origin of the name Burke was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'Dweller at the Fortress', this name came to Ireland with the Anglo-Norman Invasion in the person of William de Burgo who succeeded Strongbow as Chief Govenor. They owned vast estates in 1179, where the territory was granted to Richard de Burgo by Henry the III. The Burkes formed several septs, which were known as MacWilliam Vachtar (Galway), MacWilliam Iochtar (Mayo), MacDavie, MacGibbon, MacHugo, MacRedmond and MacSeoinin. After the battle of Kinsale, the leading Burkes displayed more loyalty to their King rather than their country. When the loyalties coincided during James II rule, they were found to be the leading men of the Confederate Catholics.
The Burke 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 Burke descendants.
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