Selected mottoes for surnames beginning with "C"...
Name Latin or Old French Translation
O'Cahan Felis demulcta mitis The stroked cat is meek
Cahill In Domino confido In God we trust
Caldecott In utrumque paratus Prepared for both
Caldwell Ense libertatem petit inimico tyrannis --
Callaghan Fidus et audax Faithful and bold
Callander -- I mean well
Callinan Fortis dominabitur astris Strength dominates the stars
Calthorpe Gradua diversi via una There is but one way to all difficulties
Cambridge Esse quam virderi To be, rather than to seem
Cameron -- Unite
Cameron Pro rege et patria For king and country
Cammell Perseverando By perservering
Campbell -- Forget me not
Campbell -- I bear in mind
Campbell -- I will not forget
Campbell -- Thus far
Campbell -- True to the end
Campbell -- Wisdom's beginning is God's fear
Campbell Constantia et prudenter By perseverance and prudence
Campbell Fortitudine et prudentia With fortitude and prudence
Campbell Pro patria semper For my country ever
Campbell Terra marique fide With faith by land and sea
Campbell Vix ea nostro noco I scarce call these things our own
Canavan Sepientia Donum Wisdom is the gift of God
Canning Ne cede malis sed contra Yield not to the misfortunes, on the contrary meet them with fortitude
Cantrell Proprio vos sanquine pasco I feed with my own blood
Cantwell Proprio vos sanquine pasco I feed with my own blood
Canty -- Firm friendship
Capel Fide et fortitude By fidelity and fortitude
Capron Sub cruce salus Salvation under the cross
Carden Fide et amore Faith and love
Carew Nil admirari Not to admire
Car(e)y Sine macula Without stain
Carlton Nunquam non paratus Never unprepared
Carmichael Toujours prest Always nimble
Carmody Honor et amor Honour and love
Carnac Sic itir ad astra This is the way of the stars
Carnegie -- Dread God
Carnagie Alis aspicit astra Flying, he keeps his eye on the stars
Carney Semper fidelis Always faithful
Carolan Nunquam non paratus Never unprepared
Carpenter Audaces fortuna juvat Fortune favours the bold
Carr(e) Tout droit Always right
Carr(e) Fide clavo Made sure with a nail
(O')Carroll In fide et in bello Firm in faith and in war
Carson Virtute et valore By virtue and valour
Carter Sub libertate quietem Rest under liberty
Cartwright Fuimus We have been (We have made our mark )
Carvick -- Be steadfast
Carwardine -- On in the right
Carwright -- Defend the fold
Cary Comme je trouve As I find it
Casement Dum spiro spero While I breath I hope
Casey Per varios casus By various fortunes
Casley Malo mori quam foedari Death rather than dishonour
Cassidy Frangas non flectes You may break, but shall not bend me
Castleman -- Without God castles are nothing
Caswall Non multa, sed multum (Say) not many (words), but much
Catbcart -- By faith we are saved
Cathcart -- I hope to speed
Cator Nihil sine labore Nothing without labour
Caufield Deo duce fero commitante God my guide, my strength, and companion
Cave -- Cave
Cayley Nul q'um Only one
Cecil Cor unum via una One heart one way
Cecil Sero sed serio Late but in earnest
Chadwick Toujours pret Always ready
Challen Gloria Deo Glory God
Chalmers Spero I hope
Chamberlayne Audaces fortuna juvat Fortune favours the bold
Chambers Spero dum spiro I hope while I have life
Chambre En Dieu est tout In God is all
Chaplan Labor omnia vincit Work wins everything
Chapman Crescit sub pondere virtus Virtue thrives beneath oppression
Chapman Numine fertus crescit sub pondere virtus Virtue thrives beneath oppression
Chard Nil desperandum Never dispair
Chatterton Loyal a mort Loyal to death
Chawner Nil desperandum Never dispair
Checkland Omne bonum Dei donum All good things comes in the gift of God
Chester Vincit qui patitur The one who is patient wins
Chesterman Semper fidelis Always faithful
Cheston Ex merito With merit
Chinn -- The eagle does not catch flies
Chisholm Vi et virtute By strength and valour
Chrisop Mens conscia recti A mind conscious of rectitude
Christie Pro rege For my king
Church Virtute By virtue
St Clair -- Fight and faith
Clancy Fide et fortitude By fidelity and fortitude
Clark Fortiter Boldly
Clark Sans changer Without changing
Clark Turris fortis mihi Deus God is a tower of strength to me
Clark Virtute et labore By valour and exertion
Clarke -- The time will come
Clarke Carpe diem Seize the present opportunity
Clarke Constantia et fidelitate By perseverance and fidelity
Clarke Vir gregis A man of the people
Cleather Dum spiro spero While I breath I hope
Cleland -- For sport
Cleland Non sibi Not for himself
Clements Patris virtutibus By hereditary virtues
Clere Virtute non verbis Deeds not words
Clerke -- Free for a blast
Clery Vir gregis A man of the people
Clevland Audaces juvat Fortune the bold
Clifford Semper paratus Always prepared
Clinkscales Manu forti With a strong hand
Clinton Loyaulte n'a honte Loyality knows no shame
Clipsham Fortiter Boldly
Close Fortis et fidelis Brave and faithful
Cloville -- All is in God

 

Coakley In hoc signo vinces Under this sign you shall conquer
Coates Vigilans et audax Vigilant and bold
Coats -- Be firm
Cochrane Virtue et labore By virtue and exertion
Cockburn -- Press through
Cockburn Vigilans et audax Vigilant and bold
Cockrane Virtute et labore By valour and exertion
Codd Vulneratus non victus Wounded not conquered
Coffey Non proventia sed victoria Not in providence, but in victory
Cogan Constans fidei Steady to my faith
Cokayne Virtus in arduis Courage in difficulties
Coke Esto quod esse videris Men should be what they seem
Colandrine Sursum Upwards
Colborne Constans fidei Steady to my faith
Cole Esto quod esse videris Men should be what they seem
Colebrooke Sola bona que honesta Those things are good which are honest
Coleman -- Be just and fear not
Coleman Esto sol testis Let the sun be a witness
Colgan Virtus probata florescit Tried virtue flourishes
Colley Virtutis fortuna comes Fortune the companion of valour
Collier Nemo sine cruce beatus No one is happy but by the cross
Collins Dant vulnera vitam The wounds of life
Collins Fide et virtute By fidelity and valour
Collins Frangas non flectes You may break, but shall not bend me
Collis Mens conscia recti A mind conscious of rectitude
Collmore Semper eadem Always the same
Collow Pro patria semper For my country ever
Cologan Virtus probata florescit Tried virtue flourishes
Colquhoun Dum spiro spero While I breath I hope
Colquhoun Festina lente Be quick without impetuosity
Colston -- Go and do thou likewise
Colt Vincit qui patitur The one who is patient wins
Columbine Audaces fortuna juvat Fortune favours the bold
Colville -- All is in God
Colville -- Persevere
Colvin In hoc signo vinces Under this sign you shall conquer
Comber Sapiens dominabitur astris A wise man can rule the stars
Comer -- Persevere
Comerford So no no Dea ne God will perform it
Compton -- Be firm
Compton Dum spiro spero While I breath I hope
Concannon Con can an Wisdom without blemish
Condon In Deo spes mea In God is my hope
Condron -- Watchful and valiant
Conlan Inter utrumque Between the two
O'Connell -- Reason and strength
Connell Non sibi Not for himself
Connellan Inter utrumque Between the two
Connolly En Dieu est tout In God is all
Conqueror Victoria Victory
Conran In Deo spes mea In God is my hope
Conroy -- History cannot be destroyed by time
Conroy L'antiquite ne peut pas l'abolir Antiquity cannot abolish it
Considine Vigeur de dessus Strength from above
Constable Semper paratus Always prepared
Conway Fide et amore Faith and love
Conyngham -- Over fork over
Coogan Constans fidei Steady to my faith
Cook Esse quam virderi To be, rather than to seem
Cooke Pro rege et patria For king and country
Cooke Nihil habere sine labore I have nothing without labour
Cookson Ne quid nimis Nothing too much
Cookson Nil desperandum Never dispair
Cooney Fortis et fidus Brave and trusty
Cooper -- Love, serve
Coote Vincit veritas Truth conquers
Cope Perseverando By perservering
Cor(r)y Virtus semper viridis Virtue is always flourishing
Corbet(t) -- Save me, Lord
Corbet(t) Deus pascit corvos God feeds the ravens
Corbet(t) Dum spiro spero While I breath I hope
Corbin Deus pascit corvos God feeds the ravens
Corcoran In fide et in bello Strong both in faith and in war
Cornwall -- We beg you see warily
Corrigan Consilio et impetu By wisdom and vigour
Corry Vigilans et audax Watchful and bold
Cosby Audaces fortuna juvat Fortune favours the bold
Cosby Sub libertate quietem Rest under liberty
Cosgrave Manu forti With a strong hand
Costello Audaces fortuna juvat Fortune favours the bold
Costigan Virtute et fidelitate By valour and fidelity
Cotter Dum spiro spero While I breath I hope
Cotton -- With God's blessing
Cotton Fidelitas vincit Faithfulness conquers
Cottrell Nec temere nec timide Neither rashly nor timidly
Coughlan Fortis in arduis Brave in difficulties
Coulter Transfigam I will transfix
Couper Virtute By virtue
De Courey Vincit omnia virtus Virtue conquers all
Courtayne Per mare per terras By land and sea
Courtney Dei gratia By the grace of God
Le Coutenr Toujours prest Always nimble
Coutts Esse quam virderi To be, rather than to seem
Cowley Dulce periculum Danger is sweet
Cox Fide et fortitudine With faith and fortitude
Coyle Huamni nihil alienum Nothing that relates to man is indifferent to me
Coyne -- Faithful to an unhappy country
Coyney Fide sed cui vide Trust, but be careful whom (you trust)
Cradock Nec temere nec timide Neither rashly nor timidly
Craig Vive Deo ut vivas Live to God that you may live
Cramp Fide et amore Faith and love
Cranstonn -- Thou shalt want ere I want
Cranstoun -- I desire not to want
Craw -- God is my safety
Crawford -- God feeds the crows
Crawford Fide et diligentia Faith and diligence
Crawford Tutum le rabore reddan I will render you safe by my strength
Creagh -- Hold on to your branch
Creagh Thournib'crev'th I give you the branch
Creagh Virtute et numine By virtue and prudence
Crean Cor mundum crea in mea Deus A clean heart trust in God
Cree -- The reward of integrity
Cregan -- [Dim of Croide heart ]
Cregoe Fortuna audaces juvat Fortune favours the bold
Creighton -- God send grace
Cremin -- The strong hand to victory
Creswell Aut nunquam tentes, aut perfice Either do not attempt, or complete
Creswick -- Do right and fear not
Crichton -- God me guide
Crichton Perseverantia Perseverance
Crockett -- Crow not, croke not
Croft Esse quam videri To be, rather than to seem
Crofton Pro patria et rege For country and king
Crofts Virtute et fidelitate By valour and fidelity
De St Croix In Deo confido I trust in God
Croke Non mihi sed Deo Not for me, but for God
Cromie Labor omnia vincit Work wins everything
Crompton -- Love and loyalty
Cronin Fortes fortuna juvat Fortune favours the bold
Crookshank Per ardua Through difficulties
Cropper -- Love every man, fear no man
Crosbie, Crosby Indignate invidia florebit justus The just man will flourish in spite of envy
Cross Certavi et vici I have fought and conquered
Cross Cruce dum spero fido While I breath I hope
Crosthwaite -- Conquer or die
Crothers Sperandum est It is to be hoped
Crowe Sceac mac concrada The thorn bush of McEnchore
Crowley Speo in Deo I hope in God
Crozier Diligentia fortior Stronger by diligence
Cruickshank Diligentia ditat Industry renders rich
Crum -- Fear God
Cuff(e) Animus tamen idem A mind as yet unchanged
Cullen Non sibi Not for himself
Cullinane Virtus in arduis Courage in difficulties
Cum(m)ing -- Courage
Cumming Fuimus We have been (We have made our mark)
Cummins Virtute et fide By valour and faith
Cunard -- By perseverance
Cuninghame -- Over fork over
Cuninghame Fortitudine With fortitude
Cunliffe Fideliter Faithfully
Cunningham -- Over fork over
Cunnighame Per varios casus By various fortunes
Curley Finem respice Consider the end
Curling Finem respice Consider the end
Curran Cor mundum crea in me Deus Create in me a clean heart O God
Currel -- Forward
Curry Aspiro I aspire
Curtin Nil nisi bonum Nothing but good
Curtis Gradatum vincimus We conquer by degrees
Curtis Per ardua Through difficulties
Curtler Labor omnia vincit Work wins everything
Curzon Spec mea in Deo God is my hope
Cusack En Dieu est mon espoir In God is my hope
Cust Esse quam virderi To be, rather than to seem
Cuthbert Fortiter Boldly
Cuthbert Spero I hope
     
Sources: Fairbairn's Book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland (1993, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co , Inc) and The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales by Sir Bernard Burke (1996, Heritage Books: Bowie MD)