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

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

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The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best due to competing dialects and languages, and the general illiteracy of the population. Research into the name O'Lawlor revealed many spelling variations, including 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.


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

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

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Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name O'Lawlor: Margaret Lawler settled in Maryland in 1741; Darby Lawler settled in Boston in 1766 along with Betsy; Luke, David, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick and William Lawler, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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The O'Lawlor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Lawlor 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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