Cronin Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Cronin Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Cronin

The Cronin family history was found in the archives. The name Cronin is an anglicized form of the native Gaelic O'Croinin Sept name. Variants include O'Cronin, Crone and Cronan. The great majority of Cronins belong to West Munster, particularly County Cork. In 1659 it was recorded as a principal name in Limerick, and County Kerry, as well as in two Baronies in County Cork. The Sept was one of the Corca Laoidhe and the name is derived from the word 'cron', meaning 'brown coloured'. A leading family of O'Cronin were erenaghs of a church near Gougane Barra. Crone and Croneen were common spellings of the name and placenames like Ballycroneen in East Cork is said to commemorate Saint Cronin. Father Donogh O'Cronin, teacher of O'Sullivan Beare, was hanged in Cork in 1601. The Rev. Patrick Cronin, 1835-1905, the Irish -American poet and priest, was born in Adare, Limerick.
The Cronin 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 Cronin descendants.
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