THE RYAN COAT OF ARMS
The Ryan Coat of Arms, as illustrated, was drawn by an heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives. Documentation for the Ryan Coat of design can be found in Burke's Encyclopedia of Heraldry, 1844. Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms. In their language, the Arms (shield) is as follows:
"Gu. Three griffins' head raised or."
Above the shield and helmet is the Crest which is described as:
"A griffin segreant azure, holding a sword erect ppr."
When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the Ryan Arms and Crest as it appeared centuries ago.
Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times. A Motto was recorded with this Ryan Coat of Arms:
"MALO MORI QUAM FOEDARI"
-translated as: "I would rather die than be dishonored"
Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification. The four primary sources for second names were: occupation, location, father's name, or personal characteristics. The surname RYAN appears to be both patronymical and characteristic in origin, and is believed to be associated with the Irish meaning, "Grandson of Rian" or "little king". Different spellings of the same original surnames are a common occurrence. Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Ryan to be Rian, Reyan, Rayan, Ryen Ryin, Ryon and Ryun, as well as all of these preceded by O' (as in O'Rian, etc.)
The Ryan Family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain through the line of Heremon, eighth son of that monarch. The founder of the family was Fiacha Baiceada, son of Cathire More, King of Ireland, A.D.144. The ancient name of the family was Maobreann, signifying "Country Boy". The Chiefs of the Clan were styled Lords of Idrone and Owney, and their possessions were located in the present County of Carlow and throughout Leinster. This territory of the Ryans was subjected to the intrusion of the Anglo-Normas almost from the landing of the latter in Ireland in 1172.
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