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

Gerry Early Origins



The surname Gerry 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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Gerry Spelling Variations


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Gerry Spelling Variations



The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Gerry family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Geary, Gara, O'Gara, O'Geary, Gearie, Gearey and many more.

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Gerry Early History


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Gerry Early History



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

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Gerry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerry Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerry 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



Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Gerry or one of its variants:

Gerry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon Gerry, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Arthur Gerry, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Edward Gerry, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • Lawrence Gerry, who arrived in Maryland in 1675
  • Lawrence, Gerry Jr., who landed in Maryland in 1675

Gerry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Gerry, who landed in America in 1802
  • Patrick Gerry, who arrived in America in 1807
  • William Gerry, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Nancy Gerry, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Fr W Gerry, who arrived in America in 1844

Gerry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Gerry, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • James Gerry, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • Rose Gerry, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerry (post 1700)



  • Martha B. Farish Gerry (1918-2007), American Thoroughbred racehorse owner
  • Robert L. Gerry 111 (b. 1937), American businessman and petroleum industry executive
  • Robert L. Gerry Jr. (1911-1979), American polo player
  • Robert L. Gerry Sr. (1877-1957), American thoroughbred horse owner & breeder
  • Peter Goelet Gerry (1879-1957), American lawyer and politician
  • Elbridge Thomas Gerry. (1744-1814), American statesman and diplomat
  • Melville B. Gerry, American politician, Justice of Colorado State Supreme Court, 1888-89
  • Peter Goelet Gerry (1879-1957), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 2nd District, 1913-15; Defeated, 1914; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1917-29, 1935-47; Defeated, 1928, 1930
  • E. Peabody Gerry, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, 1903
  • David M. Gerry, American Democrat politician, Chair of Lycoming County Democratic Party, 1937
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Gerry Historic Events


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Gerry Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Frederick Gerry, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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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. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Gerry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerry 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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