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The name Meara 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.

Meara Early Origins



The surname Meara 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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Meara Spelling Variations


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Meara Spelling Variations



Many variations of the name Meara were found in archives from the Middle Ages. These variations can be somewhat explained by the challenge of translation of Gaelic names into English. Hence, the spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Meara found include Meara, O'Mara, Mar, O'Meara and others.

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Meara Early History


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Meara Early History



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

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Meara Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meara 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 Meara 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



Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Meara or one of its variants:

Meara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius J Meara, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840
  • Patrick Meara, aged 33, arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • Francis Meara, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845
  • Daniel Meara, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1846
  • Fred J Meara, aged 33, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meara Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Meara, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Meara Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Meara, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • Ellen Meara, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"
  • Ellen Meara, aged 25, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • Anne Meara, aged 21, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Ann Meara, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meara Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Meara, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Ann Meara, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meara (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meara (post 1700)



  • Kevin John Meara, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 4th District, 1996
  • Kenneth Meara, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1928
  • James F. Meara (b. 1870), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Torrington, 1906; Member of Connecticut State Senate 30th District, 1911-12

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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: Opima spolia
Motto Translation: The spoils of honour.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. 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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    11. ...

    The Meara Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meara 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 4 November 2015 at 10:05.

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