McGurty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Although the McGurty surname came to Britain with the Normans, it derives from the Germanic personal names Gerard, or Gerald, composed of the elements "gar," or "ger," meaning "spear," "hard," meaning "brave," or "strong," and "wald," meaning "rule." The Anglo-Norman surname McGurty in Ireland was often Mac Gerailt, and was used as a synonym of Fitzgerald.

Early Origins of the McGurty family

The surname McGurty was first found in County Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, where some of the name may have come from Anglicized versions of MacOrcachta, believed to be descended from Cathal, brother of Teige Mor, of the powerful O'Connors of Connacht. However, it is thought that the majority of this name in Ireland are of English (Norman) stock.

Important Dates for the McGurty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGurty research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the year 1598 is included under the topic Early McGurty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGurty Spelling Variations

In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McGurty family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Garrett, Garratt, MacGarrett, McGarraty, Garret, Garrat, Garet, Garitt, Garatt and many more.

Early Notables of the McGurty family (pre 1700)

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McGurty migration to the United States

Many Irish families left the English-controlled Ireland in the 19th century. Early immigrants were primarily after land and the opportunity of living a life entirely of their own fashioning. In the 1840s, this pattern of immigration changed as the Great Potato Famine struck Ireland. Hundreds of thousands left the diseased and starving island with little expectations but many hopes. By this time there was very little available land in the east, so many immigrants joined the movement for the western frontier lands, or settled in established urban centers. Irish immigrants not only made enormous contributions to the rapid development and population of North America, but they also brought with them a rich cultural heritage. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name McGurty:

McGurty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thos. McGurty, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "City of Paris" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]
  • Susan McGurty, aged 22, originally from Queenstown, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1898 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Queenstown, Ireland [2]
McGurty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jos. Mc Gurty, aged 32, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGurty (post 1700)

  • Paul James McGurty, English Conservative political candidate for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election, 2004

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Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BH-KQM : 6 December 2014), Thos. McGurty, 02 Mar 1893; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name City of Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXHV-6ZV : 6 December 2014), Susan McGurty, 14 Apr 1898; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port NY, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QG-NQ3 : 6 December 2014), Jos. Mc Gurty, 06 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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