The Irish name Harrity 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 Harrity family
The surname Harrity was first found in counties Roscommon
(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 Harrity family
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Harrity Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland
, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations
were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Harrity family name. Variations found include Gerrity, Gerty, Gerighty, Gerighaty, Gerety, Gerahty, Garraty, Geraty, Jerety, McGerity, MacGeraghty, MacGartie, MacGarty and many more.
Early Notables of the Harrity family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harrity family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Harrity Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. Michael Harrity, aged 6 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Constitution" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 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. 32)
Contemporary Notables of the name Harrity (post 1700)
- William Francis Harrity (1850-1912), American politician and lawyer, Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee (1892-1896), Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1891-1895)
- Todd Harrity (b. 1990), American professional squash player, member of the United States National Team
- William Francis Harrity (1850-1912), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1884, 1896; Postmaster at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1885-89; Pennsylvania Democratic State Chair, 1890 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Mark Andrew Harrity (b. 1974), former Australian cricketer