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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 Oleary is O Laoghaire, which was originally derived from Laoghaire, one of the most well-known personal names in ancient Ireland.

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The surname Oleary 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.

During the Middle Ages, scribes recorded people's names as they saw fit. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Oleary some of these variations included: Leary, O'Leary, O'Leery and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oleary research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Oleary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oleary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oleary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary O'Leary, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Mary O'Leary, aged 35, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • John O'Leary, aged 35, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Honor O'Leary, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Maria O'Leary, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
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Oleary Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Timothy O'Leary, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Kate O'Leary, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
  • Mary O'Leary, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Ellen O'Leary, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Patrick O'Leary, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
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  • William M. O'Leary, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Dallas, Texas, 1898-1904
  • Timothy O'Leary, American Democrat politician, Chair of Ohio County Democratic Party, 1917
  • Timothy O'Leary, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888
  • Thomas C. O'Leary, American politician, Representative from New York 22nd District, 1938
  • Stephen J. O'Leary, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • Robert T. O'Leary, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Montana, 1977-81
  • Robert A. O'Leary, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State Senate Cape and Islands District; Elected 2002
  • Richard A. O'Leary, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1952
  • Paul O'Leary, American Republican politician, Candidate for Hawaii State Senate 2nd District, 2000
  • Nail M. O'Leary, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 2012
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Oleary Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie S D O'Leary (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Hazelmere, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Patrick O'Leary, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Hanora "Nora" O'Leary, aged 16, Irish Third Class passenger from Kingwilliamstown, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13
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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: Laidir isť lear Righ
Motto Translation: Strong is the King of the sea.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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