Lery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Lery is O Laoghaire, which was originally derived from Laoghaire, one of the most well-known personal names in ancient Ireland.

Early Origins of the Lery family

The surname Lery was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Lery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lery research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Lery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lery Spelling Variations

One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Lery family name include Leary, O'Leary, O'Leery and others.

Early Notables of the Lery family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Lery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lery migration to the United States

North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Lery:

Lery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Lery, who arrived in Arkansas in 1888 [1]
  • Mathlew Lery, who landed in Arkansas in 1888 [1]

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Citations

  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)
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