lawler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The family name lawler has an intrinsic connection to the Gaelic culture of Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name lawler 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 lawler family

The surname lawler 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 lawler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawler research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1854 is included under the topic Early lawler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lawler Spelling Variations

Throughout the early history of this name, spellings of the surname in various records changed frequently largely due to the recorder's interpretation of how the name sounded at the time of the entry. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the lawler family name include Lawlor, Lalor, O'Lalor, O'Lawlor and others.

Early Notables of the lawler 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...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States lawler migration to the United States +

Many Irish families did not fare so well within the English-ruled Ireland. Besides racial and religious discrimination, many families were renting out small tracts of farmland from absentee landowners at often unreasonable rates. Beginning in the late 18th century, moderately well off Irish families decided to emigrate to British North America or the United States in order to own their own plot of land. A radical change occurred in the 1840s, however, with the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Up to this point, the island's population had been increasing rapidly and a steady demand over the years for grain crops had depleted soil. Two failed crops and one poor one caused widespread disease and starvation. Thousands boarded ships looking for opportunities elsewhere. North America welcomed them as a source of cheap labor required for the many industrial and infrastructure projects underway, and as a means to quickly occupy the western regions. Research into immigration and passenger ship lists indicates that people bearing the name lawler were among the earliest settlers to arrive in North America:

lawler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Lawler, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Margaret Lawler, who settled in Maryland in 1741
  • Darby Lawler, who settled in Boston in 1766 along with Betsy
  • William Lawler, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768 [1]
lawler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Lawler, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Michael Lawler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • Edward Lawler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Mathew C Lawler, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [1]
  • H Lawler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada lawler migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lawler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Elis Lawler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Michael Lawler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Michael Lawler, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
lawler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Lawler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • John Lawler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • William Lawler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Thomas Lawler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Sarah Lawler, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia lawler migration to Australia +

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

lawler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Mary Lawler, Irish convict who was convicted in Tipperary, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Lawler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [3]
  • James Lawler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [4]
  • Maria Lawler, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [5]
  • Judith Lawler, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand lawler 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:

lawler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Lawler, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Brilliant" arriving in New Zealand in 1841 [7]
  • Mrs. Lawler, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Brilliant" arriving in New Zealand in 1841 [7]
  • H C Lawler, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Patrick James Lawler, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Esther Therese Lawler, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name lawler (post 1700) +

  • Peter Augustine Lawler (1951-2017), American political scientist, Dana Professor of Government at Berry College
  • Ralph Anthony Lawler (b. 1938), American television and radio voice of the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers
  • Michael Kelly Lawler (1814-1882), Irish-born, American brigadier general in the United States Army in both the Mexican War and the Civil War
  • Gregory Francis Lawler (b. 1955), American mathematician, best known for his work since 2000 on the Schramm-Loewner evolution
  • Jerry O'Neil Lawler (b. 1949), American professional wrestler
  • John Jeremiah Lawler (1862-1948), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Rapid City (1916 to 1948)
  • John Arthur Lawler (b. 1912), American aeronautical engineer
  • John B. Lawler, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 11 aerial victories
  • Feargal Lawler, Irish musician
  • Sir Peter James Lawler OBE (1921-2017), Australian senior public servant and diplomat, Secretary of the Department of the Special Minister of State (1973-1975), Secretary of the Department of Administrative Services (1975-1983)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Philip Lawler (1856-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [8]
  • Mr. Herbert Lawler (1899-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [8]
  • Mrs. Ellen Lawler (1867-1914), née Grathwaite Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Neil Charles Lawler (1921-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]


Suggested Readings for the name lawler +

  • 2225 Lawler Family in America by Harold Henry Lawler.

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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