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The name Mara has undergone many variations in the time that has passed since its genesis. In Gaelic it appeared as O Meadhra, which is derived from the word meadhar, which means merry.

Mara Early Origins



The surname Mara 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 ancient times.

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Mara Spelling Variations


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Mara Spelling Variations



Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Mara revealed many variations, including Meara, O'Mara, Mar, O'Meara and others.

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Mara Early History


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Mara Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mara research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1619, 1614, 1681 and 1818 are included under the topic Early Mara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mara Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mara Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was Dermod O'Meara, an Irish physician and poet, author of the first medical work printed in Dublin in 1619; Edmund...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mara 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



A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North Ameri ca. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Mara or one of its variants:

Mara Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannah Mara, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Francis Mara settled in Virginia in 1774

Mara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Mara, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Mara, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Daniel, Joanna, William Mara settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870
  • Patrick Mara, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872
  • Jose Mara, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mara Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Mara, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901

Mara Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Mara, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1803
  • Edmund Mara, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • Thomas Mara, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • Thomas Mara, aged 5, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Bridget Mara, aged 6, landed in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mara Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • J. Mara, a cabinet-maker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Michael Mara arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • Elizabeth Mara arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • Catherine Mara arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • John Mara arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mara Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Mara, aged 35, a herdsman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mara (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mara (post 1700)



  • Patrick Mara, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 2008
  • Metaline Mara, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1928
  • Joseph A. Mara, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Floral Park, New York, 1947
  • John Mara, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1972
  • Patrick James "P. J." Mara (1942-2016), Irish public affairs consultant and former senator, Member of the 16th Seanad Éireann (1982-1983) and Member of the 14th Seanad Éireann (1977-1981)

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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: Opima spolia
Motto Translation: The spoils of honour.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm

Other References

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  3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Mara Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mara 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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