Harrity History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 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 Harrity family

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

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)

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

Harrity migration to Canada

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Harrity:

Harrity Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Harrity, aged 6 who immigrated 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 [1]

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 [2]
  • Mark Andrew Harrity (b. 1974), former Australian cricketer

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. 32)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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