The surname ‘Dwyer’ originates from Ireland. It is derived from the Anglicised Gaelic form ‘O’Du(I)bhuidhirl’ meaning ‘descendent of Du(I)bhuidhir’, a personal name composed of the elements ‘dubhl’ meaning dark,black and ‘odhar’ meaning sallow, tawney. It is also a variant of the name ‘Dyer’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Dwyer’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 18th century were a ‘Sussana Dwyer’, and a ‘Thomas Young’, are recorded as being married at St Georges Chapel, Hampton Square, London, England, in 1764. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Joseph Dyer’, aged 21, a groom by trade, from the city of London, England. He emigrated to North America in 1774, sailing from the Port of London aboard the ship named the ‘Hope’ on the 17th of July, arriving in Maryland on th… Coat of arms: Argent a lion rampant gules betwe…
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