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McGlory History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname McGlory is derived from the patronymic Irish Gaelic name "O Labhradha," where "Labraidh" means "spokesman."

Early Origins of the McGlory family


The surname McGlory was first found in north-east Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where the sept originated. In the Middle Ages, their territory was around Moira in County Down. References from Lecale in 1447 state that Donatus MacGlory "held a bishop's court before the O'Neill and the Savage." In Swayne's Register, another member of the clergy was listed in the Archdiocese of Armagh in 1436 by the name of MacGlory or MacClory.

Early History of the McGlory family


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McGlory Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lavery, Lowry, O'Lowry, MacGlory, MacGlowry, McGlory and many more.

Early Notables of the McGlory family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McGlory family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGlory Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Rodger McGlory, who was recorded in the 1871 census in Ontario

Contemporary Notables of the name McGlory (post 1700)


  • William "Billy" McGlory (b. 1851), American saloon keeper and underworld figure in New York City during the mid-to late 19th century

The McGlory 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: Virtus semper viridis
Motto Translation: Virtue is always flourishing.


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