Hary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Hary originally appeared in Gaelic as O Ciardha. However, "Carey" and its spelling variations have also been used as the Anglicized forms of six other Irish patronymics: O Ceinin, O Ciarain, Mac Giolla Ceire, O Carra, Mac Giolla Chathair, and the nearly-extinct MacFhiachra.

Early Origins of the Hary family

The surname Hary was first found in the county of Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster. Today Cary is a barony in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Early History of the Hary family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hary research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1300, 1620, 1784, 1761 and 1834 are included under the topic Early Hary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hary Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Hary that are preserved in archival documents are Carrie, Carry, Carre, Carie, Carrey, MacCarry, MacHarry, Mac Harris, O'Carey, Cary, M'Carrie, Kearey, Kearrie, Keerie, Keery, Keerey, M'Harrie, M'Harry, M'Hary, M'Harie and many more.

Early Notables of the Hary family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick Carrie, notable Irish patriot. Also, three famous brothers of the Carey name, John Carey, the inventor of the distress rocket for ships, went to London and taught school, becoming a most prolific writer, writing over 50 classics, including short stories and poems. The next brother, William, a painter and engraver, stayed in Dublin...
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Hary migration to the United States

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Hary name:

Hary Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Hary, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Edward Hary, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • Jeane Hary, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Hary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joannas Hary, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hary (post 1700)

  • Armin Hary (b. 1937), German four-time gold medalist athlete, the first non-American since 1928 to win the Olympic 100 metres in 1960
  • Major-General Louis-Joseoh-Francis-René Hary (1894-1982), French general during World War II [2]
  • Maryan Hary (b. 1980), French professional road bicycle racer


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Louis-Joseoh-Francis-René Hary. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hary/Louis-Joseoh-Francis-Ren%C3%A9/France.html
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