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McGeary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name McGeary is "O Gadhra," which is derived from the word "gadhar," which means "dog."


Early Origins of the McGeary family


The surname McGeary was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they were Chiefs of Coolavin aad Sliabh Lugha. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
The surname also spelled Gara, O'Gara, and Gerry is descended from Tiachleach, Lord of South Leyney who was killed in 946 A.D. The Geary family was closely associated with the O'Haras from an early time and the chiefs of the two septs alternated as rulers of Luighne. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Early History of the McGeary family


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McGeary 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 McGeary include: Geary, Gara, O'Gara, O'Geary, Gearie, Gearey and many more.

Early Notables of the McGeary family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McGeary family to the New World and Oceana


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 McGeary:

McGeary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry McGeary, aged 12, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1823 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mathew McGeary, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Daniel McGeary, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McGeary Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Darby McGeary, aged 41, a ploughman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Sarah McGeary, aged 37, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Felix McGeary, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Jeremiah McGeary, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Catherine McGeary, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name McGeary (post 1700)


  • Clarence McGeary (1926-1993), American former NFL defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers in the 1950 season
  • Michael Henry McGeary (1851-1910), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1871 to 1882 and was league manager from 1875 to 1881
  • Liam McGeary (b. 1982), English professional mixed martial artist, current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion

The McGeary 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: Fortiter et fideliter
Motto Translation: Boldly and faithfully.


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Citations


  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. ^ 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)


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