Fanning Crest and Fanning Coat of Arms

A description and representation of the Fanning coat of arms.

Fanning Coat of Arms
The Fanning Coat of Arms

“In Deo Spes Mea”

“In God Is My Hope”, the Fanning family Motto.

“The surname FANNING was brought to Ireland by settlers in the wake of the Anglo-Norman Conquest to their principle settlement in County Tipperary. They dispersed south-east as far as County Wexford and west to County Limerick.”

“The above arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Ballingarry and Fanning Town, County Tipperary.”

“Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garmwnt worn over the aremour. ” Source: Coat of Arms Store

Walter Frederic Brooks writes in “The History of the Fanning Family “vol 1, 1905 that the Arms of Fanning are registered in the Ulsters Office, Dublin, 1775 Ped. XI, fol.269 as follows: A Chevron Gules, between three doves proper, for Crest, on a wreath of the colours a cherub Proper. A chevron is an inverted V and Gules is the colour red and proper is a natural colour.

Some famous Fannings : Edmund Fanning who settled in New London, Conneticut in 1653; Andrew Fanning who settled in New England in 1678; John Fanning who settled in Boston Mass. 1766; David Fanning (died 1825) was a Loyalist in the American Revolution, Edmund Fanning (1769-1841) an American Trader, explorer of the South Seas, discovered Fanning Island in the Pacific; Nathaniel Fanning (1755-1804) as American navel officer and war hero; Bernard Fanning, Australian muscician and lead singer of Powderfinger; Mick Fanning, Australian world champion surfer; Dakota Fanning-American actor; Fred Fanning, champion Australian Rules Footballer for Melbourne Football Club.

The above representation of the Fanning Coat of Arms is from the House of Names.

Author: Kathleen

I have done an Ancestry DNA test and also have uploaded my test results to GedMatch. My GedMatch kit numbers are A029138 and T470174. Please contact me if we are a match. kathleenmfanningAThotmailDOTcom

13 thoughts on “Fanning Crest and Fanning Coat of Arms”

      1. I was granted a coat of arms on 14th December 2000 by the
        Chief Herald of Ireland. I am the first police officer both
        serving and retired to be granted a coat of arms in Ireland.

        My father was Roger Fanning and his father Joe, grandfather Joe, great grandfather Joe and great great grandfather Joe are all buried in the old church graveyard in Holycross here in Tipperary. My uncle Joe Fanning died on 13th April 2011 and he is buried in Moycarkey over the road from Holycross.

  1. Hello Kathleen,
    I am a descendant of Owen and Mary Anastasia (Bugle) Fanning of Naas, Co. Kildare. My grandmother, their daughter, was Martha Fanning Keady, who emigrated to Boston, MA in 1915, to live with her Uncle Martin Fanning in Milton, MA. Martha was born 6/16/1894. Owen was a member of the Irish Constabulary and owned a shop in Naas. It is also my understanding that Edmund Fanning, noted above, was a great uncle of Owen.
    I am new to this and find it fascinating, esp. the information regarding when the name came to Ireland. Thanks you and best wishes. Jeanne

  2. I enjoyed reading all the info you put together, I am one of the descendant’s of the Fannings who made tere way to Wexford there are five different Fanning familys in Wexford that I know of, there may be more.

  3. I am a Fanning born to James Fanning, my grandfather is Charles King Fanning, we are from Chicago. I don’t know too much about the rest of my family, if anyone knows anything, please let me know.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Christina,
      When you find out more about your Fanning ancestry let me know if any of them were from Co Tipperary. regards Kathleen

  4. My Uncle was Fred Fanning. My two sisters and I are heading back to Ireland in June and making our way to Thurles to trace a bit of our ancestry. Great site Kathleen.
    Joy Fanning

    1. Hi Joy,
      I am jealous and would love to go back to Ireland and poke around Tipperary and Thurles. We only had five days in Tipp as we really wanted to see as much of Ireland as possible in three weeks. If you find out anything more on our Fanning ancestry please let me know. Have a great trip. regards Kathleen

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