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

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The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Foggarty dating from that time include 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.


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

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

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In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Foggarty or a variant listed above, including: Cornelius Fogarty who settled in Virginia in 1774; Patrick and Mary Fogarty settled in New England in 1761; Daniel, James, John, Michael, Thomas and Timothy Fogerty arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860. Mathew Fogarty settled in Boston in 1849..

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