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Where did the Irish McCarty family come from? What is the Irish McCarty family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCarty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCarty family history?

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name McCarty originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Carthaigh, which is derived from the word "carthach," which means "loving."

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During the Middle Ages, attempting to record a Gaelic name in English was a daunting task. Most names were spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McCarty family name.Variations found include MacCarthy, MacCarty, MacArty, MacArthy and others.

First found in County Kerry and much of County Cork, in the area formerly known as Desmond. One of the oldest and most important of all Irish families, the MacCarthy family claim descent from Oilioll Olum, the 3rd century King of Munster who gave the region of Desmond to his son Eoghan after his death. Eoghan's descendants were known as the Eoghanacht, and the surname MacCarthy is derived from Carthach, an 11th century lord of this group who was killed when the Lonegans set his house on fire. They were settled at Carrignavar where they were the Lords of Eoghannacht and Diarmod MacCarty Mor swore fealty to King Henry II thereby retaining his estates in Cork. Innumerable members of the family have been important in Irish history, especially those with the forenames Fineen, Florence or Justin, beginning with the Fineen MacCarthy who vanquished the Geraldines in 1261. Several branches of the powerful MacCarthy sept existed, including MacCarthy Reagh, who held a family seat at Carbery in West Cork, and the Muskerry MacCarthys, who were based in the barony of Muskerry in that county. MacCarthy Mor of County Kerry, long thought to be extinct, has only recently been proven to still exist.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarty research. Another 253 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1446, 1646, 1640, 1628, 1594, 1665, 1694, 1668, 1734, 1698, 1769, 1733 and 1734 are included under the topic Early McCarty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 271 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCarty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name McCarty or one of its variants:

McCarty Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm McCarty, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Daniel McCarty, who came to Boston in 1742
  • David McCarty, who settled in Maryland in 1755
  • Austin McCarty, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Thomas McCarty, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766


McCarty Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Miles McCarty, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Andrew McCarty, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • Arthur McCarty, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Cornelius C McCarty, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • Robert McCarty, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840


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  • Henry "Billy The Kid" McCarty (1860-1881), American frontier outlaw and murderer
  • David McCarty (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder
  • Daniel T. McCarty (1912-1953), American politician, 31st Governor of Florida
  • Jim McCarty (b. 1947), American blues/rock musician
  • Luther McCarty (1892-1913), American heavyweight boxer
  • Maclyn McCarty (1911-2005), American geneticist awarded the 1990 Wolf Prize in Medicine
  • Walter McCarty (b. 1974), American NBA basketball player
  • Michael Dax McCarty (b. 1987), American soccer player who plays for New York Red Bulls
  • Bruce McCarty FAIA (1920-2013), American architect, co-founder of McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects of Knoxville, Tennessee, Master Architect for the 1982 World's Fair
  • Tiffany McCarty (b. 1990), American soccer forward

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The McCarty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCarty Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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