There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Rory originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Ruaidhri, which means son of Rory.
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rory research.Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1298 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Rory History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Rory family name include MacCreary, MacCreery, MacCrary, MacCrory and others.
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Rory name: Alexander, James and Mary MacCreary, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1856 and 1874; Andrew, Ben, Henry, Hugh, John, Robert, Thomas and William MacCreery all arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1860.