The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Flaharty originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flaithbheartaigh," which means "bright ruler."
Early Origins of the Flaharty family
The surname Flaharty 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 Flaharty family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flaharty research.Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1407, 1593, 1589, 1629 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Flaharty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Flaharty Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Flaharty revealed spelling variations
, including Flaherty, O'Flaherty, Flaverty, Laverty, Faherty and many more.
Early Notables of the Flaharty 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 Flaharty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Flaharty family to the New World and Oceana
began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland
. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Flaharty:
Flaharty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Flaharty, who landed in Virginia in 1651 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Flaharty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Timothy Flaharty, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767
Flaharty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Edmond Flaharty, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1824
Flaharty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Flaharty, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
Contemporary Notables of the name Flaharty (post 1700)
- Cheryl Flaharty, American founder of the Iona Contemporary Dance Theater, Hawaii
- Geraldine Flaharty, American politician, Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives (1995-)
- Geraldine Flaharty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 2000 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html