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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Odwyer family in Ireland was O Duibhir and Mac Duibhir. These are both derived from the words dubh, which means black, and odhar or uidhir, which means uncolored. Another source has a slightly different explanation: "Descendant of the dark, tawny man; grandson of Dubhodhar (black Odhar)." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
And yet another notes: "Said to be the Gaelic do-ire, a woody uncultivated place." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Odwyer Early Origins



The surname Odwyer was first found in County Tipperary where they were the traditional Lords of Kilnamanagh. They claim descent from Cairbre Cluitheachar, the youngest son of Cucorb, King of Leinster through the O'Connors (Faley.) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Although the O'Dwyers originally held a family seat in the barony of Kilnamanagh, they later branched to Clonyhorpa and Drumdromy in the same county. The eponymous ancestor of the O'Dwyers was Duibhir (sometimes spelled Duibhidir and Dubhiir), [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
the 11th century chief of the sept.

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Odwyer Spelling Variations


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Odwyer Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Odwyer can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Dwyer, O'Dwyer, Dwire, Dwier, Dyer and others.

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Odwyer Early History


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Odwyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odwyer research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1798, 1916, 1842 and 1917 are included under the topic Early Odwyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Odwyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Odwyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Odwyer 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



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Odwyer name:

Odwyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael O'Dwyer, who settled in Savannah Georgia in 1821

Odwyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie O'Dwyer, aged 27, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Bessie O'Dwyer, aged 30, who settled in America from Castlerea, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget O'Dwyer, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Quilty, Ireland, in 1907
  • Denis P. O'Dwyer, aged 19, who landed in America from County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie O'Dwyer, aged 17, who landed in America from Tulla, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Odwyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick O'Dwyer, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Odwyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John O'Dwyer, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Odwyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Odwyer (post 1700)



  • Edward F. O'Dwyer (1860-1922), American Chief Justice of the New York City court
  • Joseph O'Dwyer (1841-1898), Catholic American physician
  • Brian O'Dwyer (b. 1945), currently an American lobbyist and lawyer
  • Billy O'Dwyer (b. 1960), retired American professional ice hockey forward
  • Matt O'Dwyer (b. 1972), former American football player
  • Paul O'Dwyer (1907-1998), American politician and lawyer
  • Brigadier-General William O'Dwyer (1890-1964), American general, politician and diplomat, 100th Mayor of New York City (1946- 1950), Ambassador to Mexico (1950-1952)
  • Phil O'Dwyer, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Berkley, Michigan [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Peter Paul O'Dwyer (1907-1998), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1948; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Kevin O'Dwyer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Odwyer Historic Events


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Odwyer Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Ellen "Nellie" O'Dwyer, aged 25, Irish Third Class passenger from Limerick, Limerick who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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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: Vertus sola nobilitas
Motto Translation: Virtue alone enobles


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Odwyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Odwyer 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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