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Where did the Irish lawler family come from? What is the Irish lawler family crest and coat of arms? When did the lawler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lawler family history?

The family name lawler has an intrinsic connection to the Gaelic culture of Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name lawler is O Leathlobhair, which is derived from the words leath, which means half, and lobhar, which means sick person or leper.


Throughout the early history of this name, spellings of the surname in various records changed frequently largely due to the recorder's interpretation of how the name sounded at the time of the entry. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the lawler family name include Lawlor, Lalor, O'Lalor, O'Lawlor and others.

First found in County Leix (Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland, in Leinster Province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawler research. Another 380 words(27 lines of text) covering the year 1854 is included under the topic Early lawler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Irish families did not fare so well within the English-ruled Ireland. Besides racial and religious discrimination, many families were renting out small tracts of farmland from absentee landowners at often unreasonable rates. Beginning in the late 18th century, moderately well off Irish families decided to emigrate to British North America or the United States in order to own their own plot of land. A radical change occurred in the 1840s, however, with the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Up to this point, the island's population had been increasing rapidly and a steady demand over the years for grain crops had depleted soil. Two failed crops and one poor one caused widespread disease and starvation. Thousands boarded ships looking for opportunities elsewhere. North America welcomed them as a source of cheap labor required for the many industrial and infrastructure projects underway, and as a means to quickly occupy the western regions. Research into immigration and passenger ship lists indicates that people bearing the name lawler were among the earliest settlers to arrive in North America:

lawler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Lawler, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Margaret Lawler settled in Maryland in 1741
  • Darby Lawler settled in Boston in 1766 along with Betsy
  • William Lawler, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768

lawler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Lawler, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Michael Lawler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Edward Lawler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Mathew C Lawler, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • H Lawler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • John Arthur Lawler (b. 1912), American aeronautical engineer
  • Gregory Francis Lawler (b. 1955), American mathematician
  • John Jeremiah Lawler (1862-1948), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Rapid City (1916 to 1948)
  • Jerry O'Neil Lawler (b. 1949), American professional wrestler
  • Feargal Lawler, Irish musician
  • Peter Augustine Lawler (b. 1951), British former chair of the department of Government and International Studies at Berry College
  • Ray Lawler (b. 1921), Australian playwright and actor
  • Chris Lawler (b. 1943), English former footballer from Liverpool
  • Elaine Lawler (b. 1973), English Queen in Ghana in 2006
  • Geoffrey John Lawler (b. 1954), British politician and public affairs consultant



  • Lawler Family in America by Harold Henry Lawler.

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The lawler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lawler 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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