Dia duit (God be with you) M. Lavery from lurgan. I am Gerry Lavery from Portadown. The name in Gaeilge isO'Labhradha - pronounced Lowra - thus the name Lowry and lavery is the same name. The difference arose when Irish names were changed from Gaeilge to English. In Ulster Gaeilge, theBH is silent thus Labh is pronouncedlauw.In other parts of Ireland the Bh is pronouncedV. So when our English neighbours invaded and told us to change our names to English sounding names they incorrectly told us to call ourselvesLavery.
The name is , as another correspondent has rightfully said, derived from the Gaeilic verblabhair - to speak and the O'Labhradha clan were the spokespersons for the ancient tribe of Mannanan, who gave their name to The Isle of Man, Co. Monaghan, and Co. Fermanagh. Before the arrival of St. Patrick to Ireland in 432ad the Clan Labhra were settled in Co. Fermanagh. They, like the Maguinness, the Mc Cartans and the Mc Alindens, were the indigenous Ulster people. Some time around the first century an invading force of Celts ( O'Hanlons,O'Neills who took the Red Hand of Ulster as their symbol from the defeated Maguiness, andMaguires who took Fermanagh )drove these clans eastwards and they then settled in Armagh , Down and Antrim. That is why there are so many of you in Lurgan , where it used to be said " If you are not Lavery, then your mother is and if she isn't your grannie must be!" I hope things are well with you mo chara. Slan ( Bye) Gerry Lavery.