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O'Dwyer

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Dwyer, Ó Duibhir

 

Dwyer is the Anglicisation of the Gaelic Ó Duibhir or Ó Dubhuidhir, from “Dubh” meaning dark, and “odhar”, meaning sallow. The clan originated in County Tipperary, where they were a strong force of resistance against the English. The name is most popular in this area, and also counties Limerick, Cork and Kilkenny. One of the most famous Dwyers was Michael Dwyer who took place in the 1798 Rising against the English.