Fennelly Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Fennelly Name Origin

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Fennelly Family Crest

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Origin of the Name Fennelly

The Fennelly family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants Fennell, O'Fennelly, Fennelly, Hennelly. These names are derived from the Gaelic is O'Fionnghailaigh sept that was located in Ormond. This Gaelic sept name translates as 'fair valour'. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. They have been on record since the fourteenth century and appear in the Ormond Deeds in the year 1324 as Fynnel and Fenell. In the seventeenth century the name is recorded as one of the principal Irish names in King's County and at this time a Dr. Gerald Fennell is recorded as taking a lease of Athassal, County Tipperary in 1634. The name Hennelly is a variant of Fennelly and this variant name has been found in County Mayo for many centuries.
The Fennelly 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 Fennelly descendants.
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