The Irish name O'Keary originally appeared in Gaelic as O Ciardha. However, "Carey" and its spelling variations
have also been used as the Anglicized forms of six other Irish patronymics: O Ceinin, O Ciarain, Mac Giolla Ceire, O Carra, Mac Giolla Chathair, and the nearly-extinct MacFhiachra.
Early Origins of the O'Keary family
The surname O'Keary was first found in the county of Kilkenny
(Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland
in the province of Leinster
. Today Cary is a barony in County Antrim
, Northern Ireland.
Early History of the O'Keary family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Keary research.Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1300, 1620, 1784, 1761 and 1834 are included under the topic Early O'Keary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Keary Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland
, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations
were revealed in the search for the origin of the name O'Keary family name. Variations found include Carrie, Carry, Carre, Carie, Carrey, MacCarry, MacHarry, Mac Harris
, O'Carey, Cary, M'Carrie, Kearey, Kearrie, Keerie, Keery, Keerey, M'Harrie, M'Harry, M'Hary, M'Harie and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Keary family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick Carrie, notable Irish patriot. Also, three famous brothers of the Carey name, John Carey, the inventor of the distress rocket for ships, went to London and taught school, becoming a most prolific writer, writing over 50 classics, including short stories and... Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Keary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Keary family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name O'Keary: William Carey, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Richard Carey and his wife Elizabeth, who arrived in Barbados in 1680; Clare Carrie who settled in Georgia in 1794.