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Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Gearing is "O Gadhra," which is derived from the word "gadhar," which means "dog."

Gearing Early Origins



The surname Gearing was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they were Chiefs of Coolavin aad Sliabh Lugha. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
The surname also spelled Gara, O'Gara, and Gerry is descended from Tiachleach, Lord of South Leyney who was killed in 946 A.D. The Geary family was closely associated with the O'Haras from an early time and the chiefs of the two septs alternated as rulers of Luighne. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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Gearing Spelling Variations


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Gearing Spelling Variations



The spelling of one's surname was not as important as it is today. Names were recorded as they sounded and in many cases, one's surname changed with each listing. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Gearing some of these variations included: Geary, Gara, O'Gara, O'Geary, Gearie, Gearey and many more.

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Gearing Early History


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Gearing Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gearing research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gearing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gearing Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gearing Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gearing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Gearing:

Gearing Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Gearing, who arrived in Virginia in 1722

Gearing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Gearing, who landed in America in 1845
  • Aaltje Gearing, aged 47, arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • Charles Gearing, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Baldis Gearing, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Jacob Gearing, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874

Gearing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Gearing, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"

Gearing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Gearing, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Elizabeth Gearing, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • James Thomas Gearing, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gearing (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gearing (post 1700)



  • John Gearing, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888
  • F. K. Gearing, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1879-80

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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: Fortiter et fideliter
Motto Translation: Boldly and faithfully.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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The Gearing Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gearing 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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