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Origin of the Heffernan Clan Name
Traditionally, family names were taken from the head of tribes and are usually prefixed with an O which indicates a male descendant of. The name is derived from the Gaelic name Ó Heifearnain, which possibly comes from meaning 'demon' or Ifearnan!
There is some confusion as to the meaning of this name but some believe it to be mean Horse-Lord, or 'eachearnan', where 'eich' was 'horse' and 'Thigearnán' meant lord' and that the name Aherne, who are from the same area is the anglicised variation of this name.
The crest is very unusual and includes a blue lion on a yellow background where the lion of course the symbol of fierce courage was thought to represent a great warrior or chieftain. The layout is known as the Fess where the central band represents a military belt for honour. The 3 crescents could signify one who has been honoured by a sovereign.
The variety of colours is interesting not only as they represent a combination of hope, generosity and military strength. Further exploration of the name will no doubt explain this concentration of elements, which are no doubt merited!
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