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

Carthy Early Origins



The surname Carthy was 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.

The McCarthy Reagh branch rose to become the Princes of Carbery in what is now southwestern County Cork in the 13th century. It is generally thought that Donal Reagh MacCarthy, the 5th Prince of Carbery, a quo MacCarthy Reagh, son of Donal Glas was the first to use Reagh is his surname. From this early listing, each subsequent prince continued to use Reagh in one form or another. As far as the early princes are concerned, we know very little. However from Finghin MacCarthy Reagh, the 8th Prince of Carbery from 1477 to his death in 1505, a solid genealogy has been determined.


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Carthy Spelling Variations


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Carthy Spelling Variations



Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Carthy are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include MacCarthy, MacCarty, MacArty, MacArthy and others.

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Carthy Early History


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Carthy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carthy research. Another 239 words (17 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 Carthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Carthy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Carthy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Charles MacCarty (Cormac Oge McCarthy), (d. 1640). He was from the ancient line of Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster, and was created the 1st Viscount Muskerry in 1628. His motto was "Forti et fideli nihil difficile, " which translates as "to the...

Another 94 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carthy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Florence Carthy, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Denis Carthy, aged 30, a tanner, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • John Carthy, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Judy Carthy, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland

Carthy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Carthy, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  • Michael Carthy, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  • Ellen Carthy, aged 17, a seamstress, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/trafalgar1854.shtml.
  • Patrick Carthy, aged 35, a schoolmaster, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml
  • Elizabeth Carthy, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Carthy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Carthy (post 1700)



  • Matthew James "Matt" Carthy (b. 1977), Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament from Ireland
  • Brian Carthy, Irish Gaelic Games Correspondent and Commentator for RTÉ
  • Jack Carthy (b. 1996), English six-time gold medalist mountain bike trials cyclist who competes in the 26-inch category
  • Hugh Carthy (b. 1994), British racing cyclist who rides for Cannondale–Drapac
  • John Dennis Carthy (1923-1972), British zoologist and ethologist
  • Nicholas Carthy (b. 1957), English Principal Conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (1993-1996)
  • Martin Carthy MBE (b. 1941), English folk singer and guitarist
  • Eliza Carthy MBE (b. 1975), English folk musician, daughter of Martin Carthy and singer Norma Waterson
  • Deborah Carthy -Deu (b. 1966), Puerto Rican actress, TV Host and beauty queen

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Carthy Historic Events


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Carthy Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. George Thomas Carthy (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Mt. Barker, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/trafalgar1854.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
  5. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

Other References

  1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Carthy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carthy 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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