Gerrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Gerrie is "O Gadhra," which is derived from the word "gadhar," which means "dog."
Early Origins of the Gerrie family
The surname Gerrie 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. 
The surname also spelled Gara, O'Gara, and Gerry is descended from Tiachleach, Lord of South Leyney who was killed in 964 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. 
"The O'Garas were lords of the territory of Luighne, now forming and giving name to the barony of Leyney or Lieny, in the county of Sligo, whence they were expelled by the MacSurtains and the Mac Costelloes, families of Anglo-Norman descent." 
Once more into the archives we delved to find life in early times was fraught with battles and deaths. By example, some of the first entries of the family include: Tiachleach O'Gara, slain in 964; Rory O'Gara, tanist of Leyney, slain; Rory O'Gara, heir presumptive died in 1059; Donlevy O'Gara, lord of Leyney, killed by Brian O'Hara; O'Gadhra, lord of Layney, slain at battle of Ardee; and O'Gara, lord of Sliabh-Lugha, died. 
Early History of the Gerrie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerrie research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1796 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Gerrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gerrie Spelling Variations
One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Gerrie family name include Geary, Gara, O'Gara, O'Geary, Gearie, Gearey and many more.
Early Notables of the Gerrie family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts Bay (now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), signer of the American Declaration of Independence.
Sir Francis Geary (1710?-1796),was an "admiral, of a family long settled in Cardiganshire...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerrie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gerrie migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Gerrie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Gerrie, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
- Hannah Gerrie, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
- Isabella R. Gerrie, aged 20, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rimutaka" in 1885
Contemporary Notables of the name Gerrie (post 1700) +
- Gerrie Hammond (d. 1992), Canadian politician
- Gerrie Schipske, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California, 2000, 2002 
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The Gerrie 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.
- ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
- ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html