The surname O'Lowry is derived from the patronymic
Irish Gaelic name "O Labhradha," where "Labraidh" means "spokesman."
Early Origins of the O'Lowry family
The surname O'Lowry 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 O'Lowry family
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O'Lowry Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Lavery, Lowry, O'Lowry, MacGlory, MacGlowry, McGlory and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Lowry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Lowry family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hugh Lavery, who settled in Ontario in 1816; Margaret and George Lavery, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1819; Peter Lavery, who was naturalized in New York in 1834.
The O'Lowry 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.