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While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Maher is O Meachair, derived from the word "michair," which means "hospitable" or "kindly."

Maher Early Origins



The surname Maher 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 traditionally belong to the barony of Ikerrin. The family has retained this area as their homestead as over 50% of them come from here. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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Maher Spelling Variations


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Maher Spelling Variations



One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Maher were found in the many archives researched. These included Maher, O'Meagher, Meagher, O'Maher, Mahir and others.

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Maher Early History


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Maher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maher research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Maher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Maher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Maher Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maher 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



Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Maher family name:

Maher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Maher, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Maher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Roger Maher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Maher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mich Maher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Elizabeth Maher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • John Maher, who arrived in Albany, NY in 1834
  • Phillip Maher, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Patrick Maher, aged 28, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Richard Maher U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]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

Maher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jane Maher, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1807
  • Martin Maher, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • John Maher, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • John Maher, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Thomas Maher, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Maher, a shoemaker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Maher, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Maher, aged 30, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Bridget Maher, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Ally Maher, aged 26, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Maher, aged 42, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mary Ann Maher, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Hugh Maher arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Daniel Maher arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Daniel Maher, aged 29, a dyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Maher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Maher (post 1700)



  • John A. Maher (b. 1997), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Brett Maher (b. 1989), American CFL football placekicker
  • William "Bill" Patrick Maher (b. 1946), American bronze medalist rower at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Kaitlyn Ashley Maher (b. 2004), American child singer and actress
  • William "Bill" Maher Jr. (b. 1956), American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author, and actor
  • George W. Maher (1864-1926), famous American architect, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (1916)
  • Sean Maher (b. 1975), American actor
  • Patrick Maher (b. 1965), best-selling American writer
  • Joseph Maher (1933-1998), Irish three-time Tony Award nominated and Drama Desk Award nominated character actor
  • Brendan Maher (b. 1989), Irish hurler
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Maher Historic Events


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Maher Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Patrick Maher, British Greaser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Eugene Maher, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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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: In periculis audax
Motto Translation: Bold in danger


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  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

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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