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Where did the Irish Harty family come from? What is the Irish Harty family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harty family history?

The Irish name Harty was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hAirt, which connotes a descendant of Art.


Many spelling variations of the surname Harty 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 Hart, O'Hart, Harte, MacArt, McArt, MacCart, McCart and many more.

First found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they were of the southern Ui Neill. Before the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century, their chiefs were known as the lords of Teffia.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harty research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harty History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Harty name:

Harty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hans Jacobszen Harty, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1663
  • Hans Jakobsen Harty, who landed in America in 1680

Harty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Harty, aged 55, landed in New York in 1812-1813
  • Locklin Harty, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1849

Harty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Maurice Harty, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Harty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Harty, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874


  • Maura Harty (b. 1959), United States Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs (2002-2008)
  • Jeremiah James Harty (1853-1927), American Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines
  • Olivier Harty, Baron de Pierrebourg, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • William Harty (1847-1929), Ontario businessman and politician
  • Russell Harty (1934-1988), English television presenter
  • Sir Robert Way Harty (1779-1832), 1st Baronet, British politician, Lord Mayor of Dublin
  • Ian McGuinness Harty (b. 1978), Scottish footballer
  • John T Harty Ph.D., Professor of Microbial Immunology, University of Iowa
  • Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty (1879-1941), Welsh composer/conductor knighted in 1925


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortis et fideliter
Motto Translation: Brave and faithful.


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