Origin of the Name O'Meara
The ancient history of the name O'Meara
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name O'Meara
include O'Mara and Maragh. The O'Mearas originated in North County Tipperary, the centre of their territory being Toomevara, a placename which embodies their surname, 'Tuaim vi Mheadhra' in Irish . It is still in County Tipperary that the name is most often found in modern times. Notable people of the name were Dermot O'Meara, physician and poet, whose first medical work was published in Dublin in the year 1619. Another medical author was Edmund O'Meara, 1786-1836. Baron William O'Meara, 1764-1818, and Colonel Daniel O'Meara, 1764, both had distinguished services in the Irish Brigade in France . In modern times the O'Mearas have been prominent in industrial and political activities.
The O'Meara coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all O'Meara descendants.