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The name McLeary originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cleirigh, from the word "cleireach," which means "clerk" or "cleric." The name denotes a descendant of Cleireach, who was born around 820 AD, and descended from Guaire the Hospitable, the famous king of Connacht.

McLeary Early Origins



The surname McLeary was first found in County Galway. A descendent of Guaire, Cleireach, the namesake of the O'Clerys, was born around 820 AD, about two hundred years before hereditary surnames came into general use. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
However, the name O'Clery first appeared around 950 AD, making it one of the earliest recorded hereditary surnames. The O'Clerys were the dominant sept in what is now the diocese of Kilmacduagh in the county of Galway, but declined in power until they were forced out of their original territory by the mid-13th century. The most important branch of the family settled in Counties Derry and Donegal and became prominent historians and poets. The branch that settled in County Cavan has seemingly all but vanished. However, the English surname Clarke has been widely substituted for O'Clery there, following the Plantation of Ulster, and many Irish Clarkes may actually be O'Clerys, rather than descendants of English settlers. Another branch is still fairly common in the counties of Kilkenny, Waterford, and Tipperary. The name is presently found mostly in Munster and Dublin.

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McLeary Spelling Variations


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McLeary Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages exact spellings for people's name did not exist. It was up to the literate scribe that was recording a person's name to decide how to spell his name. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name McLeary include: Clery, Cleary, Claree, Clarey, Cleare, Clearey, Clerey, O'Cleary, O'Clery, Macchlery, Clerkin, Clark and many more.

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McLeary Early History


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McLeary Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLeary research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1636, 1450, 1507, 1507, 1781 and 1860 are included under the topic Early McLeary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLeary Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLeary Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLeary 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McLeary Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel McLeary, aged 23, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1864

McLeary Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth McLeary arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLeary (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLeary (post 1700)



  • Samuel H. McLeary (1881-1924), American aviation pioneer, one of the first 24 people chosen by the Aviation Section of the U.S. Signal Corp to be pilots
  • Marty Lee McLeary (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2004 to 2007
  • Kindred McLeary (1901-1949), American architect, artist and educator
  • Don McLeary (b. 1948), American politician and former college football player and coach, Member of the Tennessee Senate (2002-2006)
  • Don McLeary, American 21st head college football coach for the Ottawa University Braves, Ottawa, Kansas (1976-1977)
  • Larry "Max" McLeary (1948-2014), American umpire in minor and independent league baseball
  • James Robert Ewan "Jamie" McLeary (b. 1981), Scottish professional golfer
  • Alan McLeary (b. 1964), retired English football defender who played from 1981 to 1999 and managed Millwall from 1999 to 2006

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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. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  2. 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).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. 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).
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  9. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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The McLeary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLeary 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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