Nary Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Nary Name
Origins of Nary:
Listed in many spelling forms including O’Neary, Neary, Nairy, Narrie, Naree, Nary, Narry, Nerrie, Norry, and Norrie, this is an Irish surname. It is only infrequently, if ever, appeared with the Gaelic O’ prefix which it looks to have lost in the 17th century. Like most Irish surnames, it starts from a description of the first chief of the tribe, one whose name was “Naraigh” which means simple. That in itself is unusual for an Irish surname. The majority was described either to the member of a particular early martyr, or to a nickname, or to a description of the chief’s courage as a warrior. In the Ireland of the 20th century, the surname is rare except in the county of Connacht, and particularly the divisions of Mayo and Roscommon. Early examples of the surname record include Donal “Boy” O’Nare, a famous character of the 16th century from County Kildare. He seems to have performed some fearful crimes including murder, although this was possibly in a fight, he certainly knew the right people because, in each example, he was granted a release. He was known as an “idleman,” a word which explained, and clearly without criticism, a gentleman. Rather less controversial was Father Cornelius Nary, 1658 -1738, and also from Kildare. He held some high posts within the Catholic parish in Germany, and for some years was a leader of the Irish College in Paris. He later came back to Ireland as the church priest of St Michan’s, in Dublin. The first known record of the surname may be that of Father Nicholas O’Naraighe, at the Irish College, St. Etienne, France, in the years 1503 – 1508.
More common variations are: Neary, Narey, Narry, Nairy, Niary, Naray, Naery, Naury, Narya, Nyary.
The surname Nary first appeared in Perth, where they held a family seat from old times, and their first recordings appeared on the early poll rolls derived by the early Kings of Britain to decide the rate of taxation of their subjects. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.
Many of the people with surname Nary had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Nary landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th and 18th. Some of the people with the name Nary who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Elizabeth Nary, who came to Maryland in 1674.
The following century saw more Nary surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Nary who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included Gilbert Nary, who landed in South Carolina in 1772.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Nary: Cambodia 2,345; United Stat&s 590; Tanzania 146; India 91; Brazil 64; Switzerland 45; Australia 19; England 16; Madagascar 5; Algeria 2.
Cornelius Nary (1660–1738), was an Irish bishop and religious author.
Nary Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Nary blazon are the annulet and spearhead. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, argent and or .
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146xz`, and the annulet is a good example, being a circular ring of any colour. They also appear interlaced or one within the other, both of which are very pleasing additions. Wade believes that these were one of the symbols of ancient pilgrims. 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P19
Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms 11Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89. The spear or lance is a typical example, often borne (for obvious reasons) in allusion to the crucifixtion. 12The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111 Sometimes only the head is shown, and on other occasions the tilting or tournament spear is specified, familiar to us from many a jousting scene in the movies. 13A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Spear