Kavanagh Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Kavanagh Name Origin

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Kavanagh Family Crest

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Origin of the Name Kavanagh

The Kavanagh family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Kavanagh include Cavanaugh and Keevan. This is a very ancient Gaelic Irish name from 'Caomhanach' denoting an association with Saint Caomhan, the first Kavanagh fostered by a successor of that Saint. He was Donal, son of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster , he being the chief who invited the Anglo-Normans into Ireland . Their territory was in Counties Wexford and Carlow where they have been landowners there up to recent times. They have long been associated with Art MacMurrough, King of Leinster , who put up great resistance to Richard II of England , being styled Kavanagh. A notable person of the name was Cahir Mac Art Kavanagh, 1500-1554, who took part in the Geraldine Rebellion.
The Kavanagh 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 Kavanagh descendants.
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