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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 Leahey is O Laochdha, which is derived from the word laochdha, which means heroic.

Leahey Early Origins



The surname Leahey 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.

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Leahey Spelling Variations


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Leahey Spelling Variations



Ireland in the Middle Ages was inhabited by very few literate people. Therefore, the proper spelling of names was decided by a very select few. The surviving records for the time demonstrate that these scribes were often not consistent in their efforts for there are many spelling variations of certain common names. Some of the variations for the name Leahey include Leahy, Leahey, Leghe, Lahey, Lahy, O'Leahy and others.

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Leahey Early History


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Leahey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leahey research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1270, 1420, and 1641 are included under the topic Early Leahey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leahey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leahey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Leahey 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



Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Leahey:

Leahey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Leahey, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Mary Leahey, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854
  • Thomas Leahey, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Edward, Giles and John Leahey landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1842 and 1858

Leahey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Leahey in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1754 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Leahey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Leahey in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1813 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Edward Leahey in Harbour Grace in 1816
  • William Leahey in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1817 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Michael Leahey in Heart's Desire, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Leahey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anastasia Leahey, aged 21, a kitchen maid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light"
  • M. Leahey, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light"

Leahey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Leahey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Michael Leahey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • George Leahey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leahey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leahey (post 1700)



  • Mimi Leahey, American two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominated and Writers Guild of America Award winning television soap opera script writer
  • Harry Leahey (1935-1990), American Jazz guitarist
  • Matthew Leahey, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield; Elected 1942
  • Joseph P. Leahey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1990, 1992
  • Francis M. Leahey, American Republican politician, First Selectman of Suffield, Connecticut, 1954-57

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
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The Leahey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leahey 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.

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