The Irish surname O’Meara is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Meadhra meaning “descendant of Meadhair” a personal name derived from meadhair meaning “mirth.” The O’Meara family originated in county Tipperary centered around Toomevara ( O’Meara’s Hill.) The name is most numerous in Tipperary and the south-east of Ireland. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1840 when William O’Meara settled in Philadelphia. Today there are 4,600 bearers of the name O’Meara living in The United States.
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