From Irish Book of Arms Plates 85, 92 130, 137.

O Labharadah

Lowery, Lavery, Loughry

Irish families of the Lowry or Lavery name descend from the O Labhradha, a sept of the province of Ulster anciently. In the later days the are found 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 Iris families above have remained in the province of Ulster into modern times for they are found in counties Armagh, Antrim, and Down in the 1890 birth index. Laverty was located mainly in Ulster as well 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.

In 1659 Lowry and O'Lowry are found as principal names of Atrim and Donegal respectively. The name is as well given in Fermanagh and Down among other locations.

Numerous listings in the Irish Book of arms are given, including Lowry of Pomeroy House, Co. Tyrone; Lowary of Rockdale, Co. Tyrone, and those of Robert Swinborne Lowary.

* The above Coat of Arms and text on O'Lowry are from "Book of Irish Families, great and small" by O'Laughlin, page 182. Used with permission from Irish Genealogical Foundation.

As a side note: It has been pointed out to me that a lot of information on Ireland was established by English researches who were not Gaelic speaking and also subject to British bias. "The Name Lowry meaning 'SPOKESMAN'  derives from the Gaelic word 'LOWREEM' which means 'TO SPEAK'.", and that the "O LABHARADH, LAVERY, ARMSRTONG" references, at least by one researcher have not been found to be part of the the whole Low?ry name saga.  They may at one time have been connected through marriage/village/district.
(contiributed by: Paddy Lowry)

Since I'm only quoting from the book above and don't have time or the language knowledge to do this kind of research I'd welcome comments, and especially links or a point to a reference source that that backs either opinion.  Just drop me an eMail!

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