Ulery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Ulery is O Laoghaire, which was originally derived from Laoghaire, one of the most well-known personal names in ancient Ireland.

Early Origins of the Ulery family

The surname Ulery was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Ulery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ulery research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Ulery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ulery Spelling Variations

Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Ulery. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Leary, O'Leary, O'Leery and others.

Early Notables of the Ulery family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ulery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ulery migration to the United States +

Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Ulery:

Ulery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ulery, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • U. J. Ulery, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1895
Ulery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hester Ulery, who immigrated to America, in 1911
  • John Ulery, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Ulery (post 1700) +

  • Dana Ulery (b. 1938), American computer scientist and pioneer in scientific computing applications, the first woman engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • William A. Ulery, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1924 [1]


The Ulery 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: Laidir isé lear Righ
Motto Translation: Strong is the King of the sea.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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