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Map of Gaelic Ireland showing the territory of the Ulaidh or Ulidia (kingdom) circa 900 A.D.

Lowery (var. are (O') Lowry, Lowrey or (O') Lavery and sometimes even Lynch or Linch) is an English language surname, which is an Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Labhradha. The Ó Labhradha were a chieftain clan of the ancient Ulaidh or Irish Uluti tribe. The Ó Labhradha last existed as a petty nation in the late 12th century A.D. in Gaelic Ireland’s Ulidia (kingdom).[1][2] In these later days, they are found therein in County Down near Moira.

Three branches of the name are of record: that of Trin-Lavery (which has also been translated as Armstrong - from trean - meaning strong), that of Roe-Lavery, from rua meaning red, and from Baun-Lavery, from "ban" meaning white.

These 3 Irish families are noted as still present in areas of the Ulaidh's original province of Ulster or the Ulaidh (province) into modern times. They are found in counties Armagh, Antrim, and Down in the 1890 birth index. Persons surnamed with the Laverty variant are found located mainly in Ulster at that time.

The "Lowry" surname is also found in Ulster as a result of 17th century settlers arriving there from Scotland. Scottish families are found here under the spelling of Laurie as well. The Earl Belmore family is recorded as arriving from Scotland at the time and settling in County Tyrone, and he was said to be of the Laurie family of Maxwelton.


Lowery may refer to:

Lowry may refer to:

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  1. ^ Dictionary of American Family Names P. Hanks ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2003) Vol. 2 G-N p 466 ISBN 0-19-508137-4
  2. ^ John O’Hart, Irish Pedigrees; or, The Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation, 5th edition, in two volumes, originally published in Dublin in 1892, reprinted, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976, Vol. 1, p 819