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The name Maher comes from the Irish Ui Meachair, or in English, O Meagher. The "O" was dropped, and some families further anglicised the name to Maher around the 18th century.

Here is an excellent page with some history and background information on the Maher surname.

Maher is also the name of a group of families in India (comprised of 14 major surnames), unrelated to the Irish clan, with a history of being warriors, who have their own unique wedding ceremonies and such.

Other Mahers:

The family of Judge John J. Maher from Michigan.

John Maher Racing is the website of a guy that builds engines for, and races, Volkswagon Beetles!

I have been in touch with Representative John A. Maher (R) from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He has been helpful in giving me information about the "proper" pronunciation of the name Maher. My understanding is that it is pronouced "Mar" (as I pronounce it) near Cashel, Ireland, where the name originates from. However, the further away from Cashel you get, even in Ireland, the more it becomes "MA-her". I experienced this when I travelled to Ireland, where I would say "Mar", and not be understood in one location, then I would say "MA-her" in another location and have people say "Oh, you mean Mar". If you have further information on the pronunciation of the name, please let me know.

If you're a Maher and have your own website, send me the URL, and I'll include you on this page. My email address can be found on the Contact page of this website.

Friends:

My friend John has information on antioxidant supplements at his new site, Berry Heads.