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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 Mahr is O Meachair, derived from the word "michair," which means "hospitable" or "kindly."

Mahr Early Origins



The surname Mahr 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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Mahr Spelling Variations


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Mahr Spelling Variations



One must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English was a daunting task. Even today the translation is a difficult one. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name Mahr include: Maher, O'Meagher, Meagher, O'Maher, Mahir and others.

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Mahr Early History


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Mahr Early History



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

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Mahr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mahr Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Mahr:

Mahr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Bemhart Mahr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Mahr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Mahr, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Joh Phil Mahr, who arrived in America in 1852
  • Catharina Mahr, who arrived in Brazil in 1854
  • Francis CH Mahr, who landed in Mississippi in 1856
  • Joh, II Mahr, who landed in America in 1857

Mahr Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andreas Mahr, who landed in Canada in 1800

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mahr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mahr (post 1700)



  • Coraminita Mahr, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996
  • Christian Mahr, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1900
  • Joe Mahr, American investigative journalist who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting
  • Timothy Mahr (b. 1956), American composer and conductor, professor of music at St. Olaf College, Minnesota
  • Tony Mahr (b. 1986), Swedish footballer

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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: 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)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  8. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Mahr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mahr 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 21 December 2015 at 21:30.

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