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Where did the Irish Fogerty family come from? What is the Irish Fogerty family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fogerty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fogerty family history?

The original Gaelic form of Fogerty was O Fogartaigh, meaning exiled.


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 Fogerty revealed spelling variations, including Fogarty, O'Fogarty, Foggarty, Fogherty, Foguety, Foggerty, Fogerty and many more.

First found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fogerty research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1072 is included under the topic Early Fogerty History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Fogerty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Fogerty:

Fogerty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Fogerty, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Jeremiah Fogerty, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Daniel, James, John, Michael, Thomas, and Timothy Fogerty arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Fogerty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Fogerty, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1839

Fogerty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Fogerty, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • John Fogerty, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"


  • Thomas Richard "Tom" Fogerty (1941-1990), American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist in Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • James I. Fogerty, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1924
  • Charles F. Fogerty, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956
  • John Cameron Fogerty (b. 1945), American who with his brother Tom were best known for their rock band "Creedence Clearwater Revival"
  • Tom Fogerty, American pop musician
  • Joseph Fogerty Sr. (1806-1887), Irish builder and architect active in nineteenth-century Limerick
  • John Fogerty, Irish millwright, architect, builder, civil engineer, active in early to mid-nineteenth-century Limerick
  • Joseph Fogerty CE, FRIBA (1831-1899), an Irish civil engineer, architect, and novelist
  • Terence "Terry" H. Fogerty (b. 1944), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s
  • Adam Heywood Fogerty (b. 1969), English actor and former boxer and rugby league player



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The Fogerty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fogerty 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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