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Introduction:

On this page are examples of Coats of Arms for those who had family names associated with them.

The descriptions below are from The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales by Sir Bernard Burke; Published 1884, Printing 1962

Depending on where a particular Healy Family originated or with whom they had an alliance sometimes determined the particular design of their family coat of arms.  Thus I have included all know variations and your particular family coat of arms may be determined based upon the origin of your ancestors.

For purpose of identity I have chosen the most common Healy coat of arms for this web site and the Healy Clan Organization.

 

 

The first Coat of Arms was handed down to me from a family member. The graphic was made by "The Family Crests of Ireland" in Dublin. I do not know the date but it seems to match the first description to the left by Burke.

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Healy Family Coat of Arms
O' HEALATHAIGH - O' HELUIGHTHE - O' HEALAITHE 
HEALY - HEALEY - HELY - HALY 
O'HEALY - O'HEALEY - O'HELY - O'HALY

Az. Three boars heads couped in pale ar.
Crest - On a chapeau gu. turned up erm.
A lion statant guard.
ppr. ducally gorged or.


Motto
"Saepiens Dominabitur Astris"
"Wisdom is lord and master,
has dominion over the Stars."

Revised Translation

Sapiens is an adjective meaning "thinking" or "wise," as in Homo sapiens, "wise man." Without a noun to modify, it means simply the "wise one": as sapiens can attach to either vir (man) or femina (woman), it could be translated either way, but I think historically and culturally the past assumed/prioritized the masculine,
so "the wise man" was probably the original intent.

Dominabitur is the third person singular future indicative passive, so it means:
"will be ruled/governed."


Astris is in the ablative case (plural of stars, heavens or firmament) because in Latin passive voice, the doer of the action is in that case.

Putting it all together in a literal translation we get:
"The wise one will be ruled by the stars."

Because a number of the O'Healy were associated with the early church it may also read:
"The wise man will be governed by the heavens."

Translation Input:
Christopher A. Healy
Assistant Professor of English
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Dennis Jensen
Long Island University



 
 

Translations:

BLAZON OF ARMS:
Azure three boars' heads couped in pale argent.

Translation:
1. The background colour azure (blue) signifies Loyalty and Truth.
2. The boar is considered to have been endowed with Courage and Fertility.
3. Couped: Cut off in a straight line.
4. In pale: The boars heads are arranged in a verticle array or column in the center of the shield.
5. Argent: They are silver (or white) in color.

CREST:
On a chapeau gules turned up ermine a lion statant guardant proper ducally gorged or.

Translation:
1. On a: standing on the top of the hat
2. Chapeau gules: a red hat.
3. Turned up Ermine: inside white fur flecked with black, visible when the bottom of the hat is turned up
4. A lion: The lion symbolizes Majesty.
5. Statant: Standing on four legs.
6. Guardant: side view, but head and face turned toward the viewer, mouth open, snarling.
7. Proper: natural lion color.
8. Ducally gorged or: Wearing a gold duke's crown about the neck.

 

Authority:
"The Chief Herald of Ireland is the State's authority on all heraldic matters relating to Ireland. The Genealogical Office, which is the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland, is our oldest Office of State."

"The tradition of the Irish abroad seeking grants of arms from home continues to the present. Responding to this demand is an expression of the nation's "special affinity with those of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage" which is mentioned in the 1998 amendment to the Irish Constitution."

How do arms descend?
"Arms granted by the Chief Herald vest in the grantee and his/her descendants forever. This means descendants of the name. In the past this has usually, but not always, been through the male line. Nowadays, however, should a woman choose to retain her natal surname and transmit it to her children, she may transmit her arms with the name."

What are sept arms?
"The notion that particular arms can properly be used by any person of a particular name and stock has no foundation in Irish heraldic custom or practice."

"Arms identify individuals and are the personal property of those individuals. A coat of arms can therefore only belong to one person at a time. All Irish grants, while extending to the granteeís descendants forever, contain the important condition each observing their due and proper differences."
Irish Heraldic Authority

 

Healy or Healey
Az. Three boars heads couped in pale ar.
Crest - On a chapeau gu. turned up erm.
A lion statant guard.
ppr. ducally gorged or.

 
 
 
     
 
 

 
     

(O)Healy or Hely
of Donoughmore, County Cork

Algaeh Irish Nobler-Irish Pedigrees by O'Hart.
Coats of Arms:

Arms as a fesse between three stage heads
erased in chief az and
a demi lion ramp in base (P. 64)

 

 

 

 
     

Hely-Hutchinson
of
Knocklofty, County Tipperary.
John Hely
married Christiana Nixon grandniece and heiress of Richard Hutchinson which is why the arms include the bearings of Hutchinson, Hely and Nixon.

 

 
     

Haly or Haley
(Ballyhally, Co.Cork, formerly of Co.Limerick;
allowed by Hawkins, Ulster, 1775)


Vert. three bars wavy ar.
in chief a mullet pierced or.
Crest - A mermaid with comb
and mirror all ppr.

Motto - Sapiens Dominabitur Artris
(Haley and Comber)

 
 

 
     
   

 
     

Haly or O'Haly
(Unknown data and area)

This Coat of Arms needs to be identified.
More information will be posted when received.

 
 
     
   
 
     

Resource:
The following descriptions were copied from Burke's book. However, I do not have a graphic to match.

If someone comes across any such graphics please let me know and I'll add it to this page.

An excellent web site for information on Heraldry and Coat of Arms graphics is that of Eddie Geoghegan linked below.

 
 

Haley
(London and Edgware-Bury, Co.Middlesex)


Az. Three goats pass ar.
a chief of the last.
Crest - A goat's head erased ar.
gorged with a chaplet gu.

 
     

Haley
(Eastham, Co.Sussex)

Or, on a cross az.
a cinquefoil betw. four mascles of the field.
Crest - On a crescent ar.
a cross patonce gu.

 
 

Halley
(London)

Az. a chev. betw. three annulets or,
over all on a fesse of the last
as many martlets gu.

 
 

Below I have included Direct Links to Eddie Geoghegan's web site which provides very good information as well as graphics for many coats of arms.

These links include a series of articles from several sources which are directly or indirectly related to heraldry in Ireland. I hope you enjoy the reading and be sure to visit Eddie's Coats of Arms web site and tell Eddie Geoghegan that Edward Healy sent you.

 

 
 
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