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

Leahy Early Origins



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.

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Leahy Spelling Variations


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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.

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Leahy Early History


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Leahy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leahy research. Another 278 words (20 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.

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Leahy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leahy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Leahy 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



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 settled in New Jersey in 1772

Leahy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abigail Leahy, aged 27, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Henry Leahy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • James I Leahy, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840
  • James Leahy, aged 33, landed in Missouri in 1842
  • krimiah Leahy, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leahy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Leahy Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Leahy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Leahy, aged 25, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Leahy, aged 22, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Patrick Leahy, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Thomas Leahy, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • John Leahy, aged 25, 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 Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Leahy, a mason, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Leahy, a cooper, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Connor Leahy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm
  • Richard Leahy, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Cornelius Leahy, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leahy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Leahy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • John Leahy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • William Leahy, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Patrick Leahy, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Westland aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leahy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leahy (post 1700)



  • Janet Leahy, American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television writer and producer
  • John Martin Leahy (1886-1967), American short story writer, novelist and artist
  • Thomas Joseph Leahy (1869-1951), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • William P. Leahy (b. 1948), 25th President of Boston College
  • Michael Leahy, American writer for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine
  • Fleet Admiral William Daniel Leahy (1875-1959), American naval officer, Chief of Naval Operations (1937 to 1939), eponym of the USS Leahy (DLG/CG-16)
  • Francis William "Frank" Leahy (1908-1973), American football player and coach, inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970
  • Daniel P. Leahy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 8th District, 1924
  • B. Thomas Leahy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964
  • Albert D. Leahy (1903-1994), American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Claremont 2nd Ward, 1948
  • ... (Another 31 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Leahy Historic Events


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Leahy Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Frank  Leahy (1881-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. James  Leahy (1884-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John James Leahy, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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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. ^ 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
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm

Other References

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  2. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  11. ...

The Leahy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leahy 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.

This page was last modified on 28 November 2016 at 23:05.

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