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The Irish name Geraghty was originally written in a Gaelic form as Mag Oireachtaigh, which is derived from the word "oireachtach," referring to a member of an assembly. Translating the name into English produces no less than seventeen different synonyms. But the origin of the name is most intriguing. In the 12th century, the name was simply O Roduibh but a Oireachtach O Roduibh at that time caused the name to be shortened to Oireachtach, their present form.

Geraghty Early Origins



The surname Geraghty was first found in counties Roscommon and Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they were one of the Hi Maine Septs in Kelly's country. They were direct descendants of the O'Connors, Kings of Connacht, and the Chief of the Clann was one of the four royal chiefs under the O'Connor. The tree on the Coat of Arms illustrates their descendancy from the O'Connors.

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Geraghty Spelling Variations


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Geraghty Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Geraghty that are preserved in archival documents are Gerrity, Gerty, Gerighty, Gerighaty, Gerety, Gerahty, Garraty, Geraty, Jerety, McGerity, MacGeraghty, MacGartie, MacGarty and many more.

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Geraghty Early History


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Geraghty Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geraghty research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1585, 1744 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Geraghty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Geraghty Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Geraghty Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geraghty 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



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Geraghty name:

Geraghty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Geraghty, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Annie Geraghty, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1895

Geraghty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Geraghty, aged 9, who settled in America from Dunfanagy, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie Geraghty, aged 18, who landed in America from Balla, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie Geraghty, aged 21, who settled in America from Castlebar, Ireland, in 1910
  • Bernard Geraghty, aged 51, who landed in America from Drumsna, Ireland, in 1910
  • Annie F. Geraghty, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Ballygar, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Geraghty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Ann Geraghty, aged 25 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship " Yorkshire Lass" departing from the port of Killala, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  • Ms. Ann Geraghty, aged 20 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship " Yorkshire Lass" departing from the port of Killala, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  • Mr. James Geraghty, aged 60 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  • Mr. James Geraghty, aged 42 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  • Mr. John Geraghty, aged 36 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Dykes" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)

Geraghty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Geraghty, aged 14, a nursemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

Geraghty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Geraghty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Geraghty (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Geraghty (post 1700)



  • Maurice Geraghty (1908-1987), American screenwriter, film director and producer
  • Thomas J. Geraghty (1883-1945), American screenwriter who wrote for 70 films between 1917 and 1939, father of Carmelita Geraghty
  • Benjamin Raymond Geraghty (1912-1963), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1936 to 1944
  • Agnes Geraghty (1907-1974), American Olympic swimmer
  • Mae A. Geraghty, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1945; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952 (alternate), 1964
  • Jeanne K. Geraghty, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1972
  • James F. Geraghty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920, 1932 (alternate), 1936 (alternate), 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948 (alternate)
  • J. M. Geraghty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1928
  • Charles L. Geraghty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1912
  • Carmelita Geraghty (1901-1966), American silent-film actress who appeared on 74 titles
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Geraghty Historic Events


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Geraghty Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Geraghty, British Leading Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  5. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  11. ...

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