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Where did the Irish Dwyer family come from? What is the Irish Dwyer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dwyer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dwyer family history?Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Dwyer family in Ireland was O Duibhir and Mac Duibhir. These are both derived from the words dubh, which means black, and odhar or uidhir, which means uncolored.
Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Dwyer family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Dwyer, O'Dwyer, Dwire, Dwier, Dyer and others.
First found in County Tipperary where they were the traditional Lords of Kilnamanagh. They claim descent from Cairbre Cluitheachar, the youngest son of Cucorb, King of Leinster through the O'Connors (Faley.)  Although the O'Dwyers originally held a family seat in the barony of Kilnamanagh, they later branched to Clonyhorpa and Drumdromy in the same county. The eponymous ancestor of the O'Dwyers was Duibhir (sometimes spelled Duibhidir and Dubhiir),  the 11th century chief of the sept.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dwyer research. Another 341 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1798, 1916, 1842 and 1917 are included under the topic Early Dwyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dwyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Dwyer family in North America:
Dwyer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dwyer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Dwyer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vertus sola nobilitas
Motto Translation: Virtue alone enobles
The Dwyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dwyer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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