The surname Gohary is an Anglicization of the Irish O Gothraidh, which in turn is derived from the personal name
Gothfrith or Godefrid. This personal name
, meaning "god peace" is said to have been brought to Ireland
by the Norsemen. It was borne by Godfrid, the grandson of Ivar, who ruled Dublin
in 921-7. Godfrid, the son of Sitric was defeated by Ruaidr¡ ua Canann in in 950. The name Godfrey also came to Ireland
with English settlers in the 17th century.
Early Origins of the Gohary family
The surname Gohary was first found in the district between Portumna and Birr, in present day County Offaly
(Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland
in the Province of Leinster
, and north County Tipperary.
Early History of the Gohary family
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Gohary Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gohery, Geoghery, Gohary, Godfry, Godfrey and many more.
Early Notables of the Gohary family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gohary family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Cormac Godfrey, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1820; Ann and John Godfrey, who immigrated to Quebec in 1834; John Godfery, who landed in New York in 1852.
The Gohary 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: Deus et libertas
Motto Translation: God and liberty