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The Irish name Keary originally appeared in Gaelic as O Ciardha. However, "Carey" and its spelling variations have also been used as the Anglicized forms of six other Irish patronymics: O Ceinin, O Ciarain, Mac Giolla Ceire, O Carra, Mac Giolla Chathair, and the nearly-extinct MacFhiachra.

Keary Early Origins



The surname Keary was first found in the county of Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster. Today Cary is a barony in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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Keary Spelling Variations


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Keary Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Keary were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Carrie, Carry, Carre, Carie, Carrey, MacCarry, MacHarry, Mac Harris, O'Carey, Cary, M'Carrie, Kearey, Kearrie, Keerie, Keery, Keerey, M'Harrie, M'Harry, M'Hary, M'Harie and many more.

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Keary Early History


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Keary Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keary research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1300, 1620, 1784, 1761 and 1834 are included under the topic Early Keary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keary Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keary Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick Carrie, notable Irish patriot. Also, three famous brothers of the Carey name, John Carey, the inventor of the distress rocket for ships, went to London and taught school, becoming a most prolific writer, writing over 50 classics, including short stories and...

Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keary 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Keary family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Keary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patt Keary, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Thomas Keary, who landed in Mississippi in 1852
  • Mary Keary, aged 15, landed in New York in 1854

Keary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Keary, aged 15, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Mary Keary arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Bridget Keary, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Maria Keary, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Brdget Keary, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Keary Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Keary arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Mary Keary arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keary (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keary (post 1700)



  • Louis A. Keary, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 12th District, 1936, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1950; Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 12th Circuit, 1940 (primary), 1948
  • Andrew Keary (b. 1987), Irish hurler, Galway Minor Hurling Captain in 2005, All- Ireland Minor Hurling Final winning captain in 2005
  • Albert Keary (b. 1889), English professional footballer who played from 1911 to 1913
  • Patrick Keary (b. 1993), English footballer
  • Charles Francis Keary (1848-1917), English scholar and historian
  • Patrick Joseph "Pat" Keary (1901-1974), Australian rules footballer
  • Anna Maria "Annie" Keary (1825-1879), English novelist, poet and children's writer
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Henry D'Urban Keary KCB, KCIE, DSO (b. 1857), British Indian Army officer
  • Luke Keary (b. 1992), Australian professional rugby league player

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

    The Keary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keary 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 25 February 2016 at 11:33.

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