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O'Meara History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name O'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.


Early Origins of the O'Meara family


The surname O'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.

Early History of the O'Meara family


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O'Meara Spelling Variations


The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the O'Meara family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Meara, O'Mara, Mar, O'Meara and others.

Early Notables of the O'Meara family (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...
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Migration of the O'Meara family to the New World and Oceana


Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of O'Meara or one of its variants:

O'Meara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James, Patrick, Tim, and William O'Meara, who settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

O'Meara Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Daniel O'Meara, aged 18, who landed in America from Kanturk, Ireland, in 1906
  • Bridget O'Meara, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Kenmore, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget O'Meara, aged 22, who landed in America from County Waterford, Ireland, in 1909
  • Anne O'Meara, aged 23, who landed in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1910
  • Annie O'Meara, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Clouhgordan, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'Meara Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary O'Meara, aged 41, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.

O'Meara Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael O'Meara, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Catherine O'Meara, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Judith O'Meara, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Meara (post 1700)


  • Onorato Timothy O'Meara (1928-2018), American mathematician known for his work in number theory, linear groups and quadratic forms
  • Martin J. O'Meara, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1932 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • M. J. O'Meara, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1888 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Martin O'Meara, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1940 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John R. O'Meara, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956, 1960; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1958 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Baptiste O'Meara (1852-1926), American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1893-97 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James W. O'Meara, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 25th District, 1956 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George F. O'Meara, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1964, 1980 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Frances J. O'Meara, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri Republican State Committee, 1932-42; Chair of Audrain County Republican Party, 1942-49; Member of Republican National Committee from Missouri, 1944 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edward S. O'Meara, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1988 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The O'Meara 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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Citations


  1. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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