Gerity History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Gerity 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 Gerity family

The surname Gerity 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.

Important Dates for the Gerity family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerity research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1585, 1744 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Gerity History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerity Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Gerity can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Gerrity, Gerty, Gerighty, Gerighaty, Gerety, Gerahty, Garraty, Geraty, Jerety, McGerity, MacGeraghty, MacGartie, MacGarty and many more.

Early Notables of the Gerity family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerity Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerity migration to the United States

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Gerity name:

Gerity Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Gerity who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858

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