lardy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Rugged coastal mountains and the windswept Hebrides islands were the home of the first family to use the name lardy. It was originally given to a prominent ruler. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Fhlaithbheartaich, which means son of the dominion bearing, or son of the ruler. The name is a cognate of the Irish name Flaherty, which is Flaithbheartach in Gaelic. Flaithbheartach, in modern Irish, means generous or hospitable, which may hint at some of the qualities that are described by the name lardy.

Early Origins of the lardy family

The surname lardy was first found in Islay, one of the Hebridean islands, and Court of the Lords of the Isles from very ancient times. The MacLavertys, MacLevertys, and variations on that spelling were heralds of the great Lords of the Isles, the first Dalriadan kingdom of Scotland.

The MacLiver variant is an interesting one. "The old pronunciation was Macleever, [while] the modern is Macliver. A commission was granted Campbell of Auchinbrek and others in 1619 to apprehend Ewne M' Finla VcGillevir in Kilchoane, and John McEwne VcIlliver, who had been denounced rebels by Campbell of Barbreck. John Roy M'Gilliver in Islay, 1686. Sometimes confused with Macclure, q. v. M'Ileur (in Islay) 1733." [1]

Early History of the lardy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lardy research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1524 and 1540 are included under the topic Early lardy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lardy Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of lardy have been recorded over the years, including MacLaverty, McLaverty, McLafferty, MacLafferty, MacLardy, MacLardie, McLardy, McLardie, MacLeverty, McLeverty, MacLacharty, McLacharty and many more.

Early Notables of the lardy family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early lardy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the lardy family to Ireland

Some of the lardy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the lardy family

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to the Crown re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first lardys to arrive on North American shores: John McClarty, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856; Pat, Neil, John and Cornelius McClafferty settled in Philadelphia between 1834 and 1860.


Contemporary Notables of the name lardy (post 1700) +

  • Henry A. Lardy (1917-2010), American biochemist and professor emeritus in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1958
  • Philippe Lardy (b. 1963), Swiss illustrator and painter
  • Anaël Lardy (b. 1987), French basketball player for ASPTT Arras and the French national team


The lardy 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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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