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Irish Surname - Darcy and D'Arcy

Origin of the Irish Surname Darcy

The Irish surname Darcy, also spelled as D'Arcy and Dorsey, has its origins in the Norman surname d'Arcy or de Arcy, which means "from Arcy." The name is believed to have been brought to Ireland by the Anglo-Norman knight Sir John D'Arcy during the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century. The Darcy family became prominent in Irish history and settled mainly in the province of Connacht, specifically in counties Galway and Mayo.

As Irish emigrants settled in different countries, the surname Darcy spread around the world. Today, Darcy descendants can be found in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Although exact statistics are not readily available, the Darcy surname and its variations are relatively common compared to other Irish surnames.

Famous People with the Surname Darcy and D'Arcy

Variations of the Irish Surname Darcy

Coat of Arms of Darcy

The coat of arms associated with the Darcy surname features a silver shield with three black cinquefoils, which are stylised five-petal flowers. The crest above the shield shows a silver lion rampant holding a black cinquefoil in its right paw.

Please Note

There is often limited information available on a specific coat of arms and motto for an Irish surname. Sometimes there are many variations, sometimes none, we have compiled a representative, but by no means exhaustive, selection. Please visit our Coat of Arms and Motto page for more information.

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