Dwyer Name History

Dwyer and O'Dwyer Irish Coat of Arms

O'Dwyer is an Irish surname from the Gaelic Ó Dubhuir, meaning "black." O'Dwyer in Irish is "O'Duibhir" (pronounced O Dweer), meaning grandson of Duibhir. Duibhir is an ancestor who, by tradition, lived sometime around the tenth century. The exact meaning of the ancestor's name is unknown, though 'black skirt' is one possibility. The common modern consensus is that duibhir means 'black and dun-coloured' which is thought to refer to Duibhir's hair and skin colouring.

The O'Dwyer clan was based in the Barony of Kilnamanagh Lower in County Tipperary and descendants can still be found in Tipperary. They are also associated with Leinster County. Spelling variations include Dwyre.

Learn more about the Dwyers and O'Dwyers

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Dwyer surname. There is a wide selection of Dwyer and O'Dwyer coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Is there a Dwyer Pub in Ireland?

You can find an O'Dwyer's Pub in Limerick City, County Limerick. If you can't visit the pub in person, our personalized Dwyer pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named Dwyer

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Notable people named O'Dwyer

Notable people named Dwyre

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