Show ContentsLalor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The family name Lalor has an intrinsic connection to the Gaelic culture of Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Lalor is O Leathlobhair, which is derived from the words leath, which means half, and lobhar, which means sick person or leper.

Early Origins of the Lalor family

The surname Lalor was first found in County Leix (Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland, in Leinster Province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Lalor family

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Lalor 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 Lalor revealed many spelling variations, including Lawlor, Lalor, O'Lalor, O'Lawlor and others.

Early Notables of the Lalor family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Patrick Lalor, M.P. for Leix, and his sons, James Fintan, writer and revolutionary, Peter, who led the miners revolt at Eureka, Australia in 1854 and later became speaker of...
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United States Lalor migration to the United States +

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 Lalor:

Lalor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dana Lalor, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Danl Lalor, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Martin Lalor, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843 [1]
  • Edward, James, John, Patrick and Thomas Lalor, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Canada Lalor migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lalor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Lalor, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1808

Australia Lalor migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lalor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridgett Lalor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [2]
  • Honora Lalor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [2]
  • Ellen Lalor, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

New Zealand Lalor 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:

Lalor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Lalor, (b. 1840), aged 24, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lalor (post 1700) +

  • Peter Lalor (1823-1889), Irish colonial legislator from Tinakill, Queen's County; he emigrated to Australia after the discovery of gold in 1852 and commanded the rebel miners but was shot resulting in losing an arm, but was later Member of Parliament for Ballarat
  • John Lalor (1814-1856), Irish journalist and author, born in Dublin
  • James Fintan Lalor (1807-1849), Irish revolutionary
  • Peter Fintan Lalor (1827-1889), Irish leader of the Eureka Stockade rebellion in Australia, often characterized as the "birth of democracy" in Australia, eponym of Lalor, Victoria
  • Richard Lalor Sheil (1791-1851), Irish politician, writer and orator, born at Drumdowney, co. Kilkenny, the eldest son of Edward Sheil and Catherine MacCarthy of Spring House, co. Tipperary

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook