Crotty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Crotty is an Anglicization of the Irish name "Ó Crotaigh," meaning "a descendant of Crotach," a byname for a hunchback.

Early Origins of the Crotty family

The surname Crotty was first found in Thomond (Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick, Tipperary and Clare, where the Crotty family was anciently seated as a branch of the O'Brien Clan, whose history in Tipperary and Waterford dates back before the Norman invasion of 1172.

While the family originates in Thomond, they later migrated to east Munster. [1]

Early History of the Crotty family

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Crotty Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Crotty, O'Crotty, Crothon, Crotton, Crotone, Crottee, Crottey, O'Crottey, O'Crottee, O'Crottie and many more.

Early Notables of the Crotty family (pre 1700)

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United States Crotty migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crotty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Crotty, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1779
Crotty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Crotty, who arrived in America in 1831 [2]
  • Ellen Crotty, a bonded immigrant who arrived in Massachusetts in 1850
  • Michael Crotty, aged 18, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851 [2]
  • Mary Crotty, who was living in Detroit in 1858
  • Bartholmew Crotty, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1877

Canada Crotty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crotty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • George Crotty, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1784
Crotty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Crotty, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Bridgett Crotty, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Australia Crotty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crotty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Crotty, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"
  • Ellen Crotty, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"
  • Joshua Crotty, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Margaret Crotty, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Martin Crotty, aged 11, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Crotty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Crotty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Timothy Crotty, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Crotty, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [3]
  • Mary Crotty, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [3]
  • Patrick Crotty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [3]
  • Patrick Crotty, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Crotty (post 1700) +

  • Richard T. Crotty (b. 1948), American politician, 3rd Mayor of Orange County, Florida (2001-2011)
  • Paul Austin Crotty (b. 1941), United States federal judge
  • Joseph P. Crotty (1860-1926), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1882 to 1886
  • James Richard "Jim" Crotty (b. 1938), former American NFL football defensive back who played from 1960 to 1962 for the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills
  • Maggie Crotty (b. 1948), American Democratic member of the Illinois Senate (2003-2013)
  • John K. Crotty (b. 1969), American NBA basketball player who payed from 1991 to 2003, McDonald's All-American (1987)
  • James Crotty, American macroeconomist
  • Patrick J. Crotty (1902-1970), Irish Fine Gael politician, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce (1954-1957)
  • Kieran Crotty (b. 1930), former Irish Fine Gael politician, Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party (1977-1987), Mayor of Kilkenny (1970-1995)
  • James Crotty (1845-1898), Irish born mining prospector who formed North Mount Lyell Mining in Tasmania, eponym of Crotty, and Crotty Dam
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm


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