Geraghty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Geraghty family

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.

Early History of the Geraghty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geraghty research. Another 78 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Geraghty family (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.


United States Geraghty migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • 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 immigrated to the United States from Ballygar, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Geraghty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Geraghty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ann Geraghty, aged 25 who immigrated 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 [2]
  • Ms. Ann Geraghty, aged 20 who immigrated 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 [2]
  • Mr. James Geraghty, aged 60 who immigrated 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 [2]
  • Mr. James Geraghty, aged 42 who immigrated 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 [2]
  • Mr. John Geraghty, aged 36 who immigrated 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 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Geraghty migration to Australia +

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

Geraghty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Geraghty, aged 14, a nursemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [3]

New Zealand Geraghty 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:

Geraghty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Geraghty, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [4]
  • Mr. L. Geraghty, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [4]
  • James Geraghty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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
  • Carmelita Geraghty (1901-1966), American silent-film actress who appeared on 74 titles
  • Brian Geraghty (b. 1974), American film and television actor, best known for his starring role in The Hurt Locker
  • 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 [5]
  • Jeanne K. Geraghty, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1972 [5]
  • 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) [5]
  • J. M. Geraghty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1928 [5]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. John Geraghty, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]
RMS Lusitania


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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