Leahy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Leahy family

The surname Leahy 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.

Important Dates for the Leahy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leahy research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1270, 1420, and 1641 are included under the topic Early Leahy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leahy Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, a name was often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer. Literacy was rare at that time and none of the languages to be found in the British Isles had achieved any great semblance of standardization. Variations of the name Leahy found include Leahy, Leahey, Leghe, Lahey, Lahy, O'Leahy and others.

Early Notables of the Leahy family (pre 1700)

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Leahy migration to the United States

Irish families began to migrate to North America in the late 18th century in the hopes of gaining their own plot of land. The majority of these early immigrant families were relatively well off because the transatlantic passage was costly. As a result the decision to immigrate was carefully made. Those immigrants that arrived in the late 1840s differed because their decision to leave was in direct response to the Great Potato Famine. Many of the families that crossed the Atlantic during this decade were destitute, either having spent all they had on the fare or even starting with nothing, but being sponsored by a philanthropic society. Whenever, these Irish families came to North America, they were made great contributions to the developing nations of the United States and what would come to be known as Canada: the earlier settlers as land clearing homesteaders, and the later immigrants as the muscle that would build the industries and routes of transportation so critical to a powerful nation. Research into the passenger and immigration lists has shown many early and significant Irish immigrants bearing the name Leahy:

Leahy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Leahy, who settled in New Jersey in 1772
Leahy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Abigail Leahy, aged 27, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [1]
  • Henry Leahy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • James I Leahy, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • James Leahy, aged 33, who landed in Missouri in 1842 [1]
  • krimiah Leahy, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leahy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leahy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Leahy Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Leahy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Leahy, aged 25, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Leahy, aged 22, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Patrick Leahy, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Thomas Leahy, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • John Leahy, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leahy migration to Australia

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

Leahy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Leahy, a mason, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Leahy, a cooper, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Connor Leahy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Leahy, (b. 1804), aged 43 born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 19th October 1847, sentenced for 7 years for stealing rope, transported aboard the ship "Tory" in 1848 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [4]
  • Ms. Mary Ann Leahy, (b. 1804), aged 43, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 19th October 1847, sentenced for 7 years for stealing 300 pounds of flat rope at United Mines, transported aboard the ship "Tory" on 26th April 1848 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leahy 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:

Leahy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Leahy, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [6]
  • Mrs. Alice Leahy née Gorman, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [6]
  • Mr. Robert Leahy, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Spray" arriving in New Zealand in 1852 [6]
  • Michael Leahy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • John Leahy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Leahy (post 1700)

  • William J. Leahy, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 9th District, 1927-28 [7]
  • William Daniel Leahy (1875-1959), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to France, 1940-42; Fleet Admiral of the U.S. Navy, 1944 [7]
  • Thomas E. Leahy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Plainfield, 1920 [7]
  • Thomas A. Leahy, American Republican politician, Hotelier; Member of New York State Assembly from Essex County, 1936-38 [7]
  • Patrick Joseph Leahy (b. 1940), American Democrat politician, Chittenden County State's Attorney, 1966-75; U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1975-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 [7]
  • Michael Patrick Leahy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 [7]
  • John P. Leahy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Massachusetts State Attorney General, 1904, 1905 [7]
  • John J. Leahy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964 [7]
  • John H. Leahy, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 8th District; Elected 1940 [7]
  • John F. Leahy, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 3rd District, 1903-04 [7]
  • ... (Another 31 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Leahy family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Frank  Leahy (1881-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [8]
  • Mr. James  Leahy (1884-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John James Leahy, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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