The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'flaherty originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flaithbheartaigh," which means "bright ruler."
Early Origins of the O'flaherty family
The surname O'flaherty was first found in Connemara
Irish : Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea)), County Galway
where the name claims descent from Flaithbertaigh Ua Flaithbertaigh, King of Connacht
, who died 1098. Flaithbertaigh was the first bearer of the surname O'Flaherty, and was Lord of Maigh Seola in what is now County Galway
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the O'flaherty family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'flaherty research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1407, 1593, 1589, 1629 and 1718 are included under the topic Early O'flaherty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'flaherty Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the O'flaherty family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Flaherty, O'Flaherty, Flaverty, Laverty, Faherty and many more.
Early Notables of the O'flaherty family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Áedh Ó Flaithbheartaigh, (c.
1377?-1407), Taoiseach of Iar Connacht
and Chief of the Name; Murrough na dTuadh Ó Flaithbheartaigh, (died 1593), Chief of Iar Connacht; Teige Ó Flaithbheartaigh (died 1589), an... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'flaherty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'flaherty family to the New World and Oceana
The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families
to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine
of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name O'flaherty:
O'flaherty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frank H. O'Flaherty, aged 40, who landed in America from Cork, in 1892
O'flaherty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harry O'Flaherty, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Clifden, Ireland, in 1902
- Henry O'Flaherty, aged 20, who settled in America from Clifden, Ireland, in 1904
- Hannah O'Flaherty, aged 23, who landed in America from Liverpool England, in 1908
- John O'Flaherty, aged 56, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908
- Eileen O'Flaherty, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Kingstown, Ireland, in 1909
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O'flaherty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James O'Flaherty, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
- Thomas O'Flaherty, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Caronge" in 1838
O'flaherty Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Adell O'Flaherty, aged 28, who immigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911
- Gerald O'Flaherty, aged 5, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911
- John O'Flaherty, aged 20, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911
O'flaherty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edmund O'Flaherty, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name O'flaherty (post 1700)
- Frank Woodrow O’Flaherty (1918-1942), American sailor, recipient of the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS O'Flaherty (DE-340)
- Rev. Colman E. O'Flaherty (1874-1918), Irish-born, American recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross
- Ensign Frank Woodrow O'Flaherty (1918-1942), American pilot with the USS Enterprise, eponym of the USS O'Flaherty (DE-340)
- Colette O’Flaherty, Chief Herald of Ireland
- Michael O'Flaherty (1891-1952), Irish politician, Mayor of Galway (1950 to 1952)
- Liam O'Flaherty (1896-1984), Irish novelist and short story writer, author of The Informer (1925); Famine (novel) (1937), set around 1840's Great Famine (Ireland)
- Patrick O'Flaherty CM (1939-2017), Newfoundland-born, Canadian writer, historian, and academic
- Sidney Wainman "Sid" O'Flaherty (1886-1967), Australian politician
- Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (1898-1963), Vatican priest during World War II, saved many Jewish and POW lives and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
- ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.