McHugh Family Crest, Coat of Arms & McHugh Name Origin

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Origin of the Name McHugh

The ancient history of the name McHugh was found in the archives. The Gaelic surname McAodha, meaning the son of Aodh, anglicized as 'Hugh', has acquired in the process of anglicization a great number of variants. These include the name McKay, McCoy, Hughes, Hewson, Eason, McKee, and also of course, McHugh. McHugh is the form used by the Connacht sept which is of the same origin as the O'Flahertys. They were Chiefs of the territory known as 'the barony of Clare' in County Galway . In 1585 at the time of the Cromwellian settlement they were landowners in County Galway . In modern times bearers of the name are found all around that area and even beyond, as far north as Counties Leitrim and Fermanagh. Malachy McHugh, Archbishop of Tuam, 1313-1348, was of this branch of the sept. He is called Molassie McHugh in the Annals of Clonmacnois and Loche.
The McHugh 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 McHugh descendants.
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