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Eric Colleary (bg-tc-ppp958.monmouth.com - 209.191.51.146)
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 1999 - 10:51 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

A neighbor of mine, who speaks fluent Gaelic, said that my last name is of
that language. The name, Colleary, I was told meant "Son of the Surf of King
Lear". Can you confirm this?

Quite curious,
Eric Colleary

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Dennis King
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 1999 - 12:38 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

I think you mean "serf", dude, not like, gnarly waves. An Sloinntear Gaeilge, a book of Irish surnames, gives Colleary as Mac Giolla Laoire, literally Son of Servant of Laoire. Laoire is the Modern Irish form of the Old Irish name Láegaire, and probably meant "hearder of calves". It was a common name early on, of both kings (Láegaire mac Néill, a king of Tara) and of at least two saints. The usual anglicization of Laoire is Leary, not Lear, however.

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