The name Leahy is found in two distinct areas in Ireland, Limerick/Kerry, and Tipperary, I come from Borrisoleigh co Tipperary. In Limerick/Kerry the name is pronounced "Leehy" but in Tipperary it is pronounced "Lahy". I saw a headstone in Holycross where the 19th C. inscriptions said "Lahy" but later the spelling was changed to "Leahy". Since the Lahy pronouncation is so ingrained in Tipperary I speculate that the name was originally Lahy and it somehow changed to Leahy. The Irish form of Leahy is O'Laocha, but O'Lathaigh is also used in Tipperary at least as the Irish form. It may be that the Tipperary Leahys were originally O'Lathaighs and this pronunciation persists, it would be easy to understand how Lathaigh could change to Lahy. Anyway, my guess is that the Lahy in your family comes from the Midlands, most likely Tipperary.
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