While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name lahy is O Laochdha, which is derived from the word laochdha, which means heroic.
Early Origins of the lahy family
The surname lahy was first found in County Tipperary
(Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland
, in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, and were descended from the tribe of Uaithne.
Early History of the lahy family
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lahy Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best due to competing dialects and languages, and the general illiteracy of the population. Research into the name lahy revealed many spelling variations
, including Leahy, Leahey, Leghe, Lahey, Lahy, O'Leahy and others.
Early Notables of the lahy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lahy family to the New World and Oceana
During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families
often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name lahy:
lahy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Pat Lahy, who settled in South Carolina in 1822
- Judy and Julia Lahy, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
Historic Events for the lahy family
- Mr. Thomas E. Lahy (d. 1912), aged 32, English Fireman/Stoker from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
The lahy 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: Tout vient de dieu
Motto Translation: All comes from God.