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The name Gary has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as Mag Fhearadhaigh, derived from the word "fearadhach," possibly meaning "manly."

Gary Early Origins



The surname Gary was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Gary Spelling Variations


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Gary Spelling Variations



Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Gary are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Garry, Garrihy, Hare, O'Hare, O'Heihir, MacGarry and others.

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Gary Early History


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Gary Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gary research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1667 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Gary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gary Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gary Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Garys:

Gary Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Walter Gary, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Stephen Gary, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • Richard Gary, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • Elizabeth Gary, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Jane Gary, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Gary, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849

Gary Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Gary, who landed in Canada in 1642

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gary (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gary (post 1700)



  • Russell Craig Gary (b. 1959), American NFL football defensive back
  • Martin Witherspoon Gary (1831-1881), American Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Lorraine Gary (b. 1937), retired American actress, best known for her role as "Ellen Brody" in Jaws, Jaws 2, and Jaws: The Revenge
  • Guilian Austin Gary (b. 1980), American college football coach and former player
  • Frank Boyd Gary (1860-1922), American politician, United States Senator from South Carolina
  • Charlos Gary (b. 1968), American cartoonist and comic strip author, best known for creating a series entitled Working It Out
  • Arthur Gary (1914-2005), American radio and television announcer
  • Linda Gary (1944-1995), American voice actor and voice-over artist
  • Mitchell J. "Mike" Gary (1900-1969), American athlete, coach and athletic director
  • Lieutenant Donald Arthur Gary (1901-1977), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945, eponym of the guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG-51)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Gary


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Suggested Readings for the name Gary



  • Irish Roots by Mary Zaccheus Ryan.
  • Our Jolly Granpas: The Jolly, Gary, Cockle, O[l]mstead, Vancleave, Demarest, and Allied Families by Mrs. Iver Longeteig.

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Motto


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Motto



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: Fear garbh ar mait
Motto Translation: Here is a good rough man.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 3 June 2016 at 08:55.

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