Harty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Harty family

The surname Harty was 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.

Early History of the Harty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harty research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harty Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Harty family (pre 1700)

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


United States Harty 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 Harty name:

Harty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hans Jacobszen Harty, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1663 [1]
  • Hans Jakobsen Harty, who landed in America in 1680 [1]
Harty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Harty, aged 55, who landed in New York in 1812-1813 [1]
  • Locklin Harty, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1849 [1]
Harty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Harty, aged 52, who arrived in New York, NY in 1919 aboard the ship "Chicago" from Bordeaux, France [2]
  • Patrick Harty, aged 31 from Bootle, England who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [3]

Canada Harty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Maurice Harty, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mr. Thomas Harty, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" departing 13th September 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 1st November 1847 but he died on board [4]

Australia Harty migration to Australia +

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

Harty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Harty, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Buffalo" on 4th May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]

New Zealand Harty 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:

Harty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Harty, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Harty (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • William Harty (1781-1854), Irish physician, born in 1781 who became a scholar of Trinity College, Dublin, in 1799 [6]
  • William Harty (1847-1929), Canadian businessman and politician who represented Kingston in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1892 to 1894
  • Sir Lionel Lockington Harty (1864-1939), 4th Baronet of Prospect House in Roebuck in the County of Dublin
  • Sir Henry Lockington Harty (1826-1913), 3rd Baronet of Prospect House in Roebuck in the County of Dublin
  • Sir Robert Harty (1815-1902), 2nd Baronet of Prospect House in Roebuck in the County of Dublin
  • Sir Robert Way Harty (1779-1832), 1st Baronet, British politician, Lord Mayor of Dublin, youngest son of Timothy Harty (d. 1799) of Kilkenny
  • Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty (1879-1941), Welsh composer and conductor knighted in 1925
  • Olivier Harty, Baron de Pierrebourg, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Myra Pearl Harty (1886-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [8]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Jack Harty (b. 1920), Welsh Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Carnarvon, Carnarvonshire, Wales, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Harty, British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]


The Harty Motto +

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.


  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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q8-9PB : 6 December 2014), Joseph Harty, 24 Jan 1919; citing departure port Bordeaux, arrival port New York, NY, ship name Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QY-CNG : 6 December 2014), Patrick Harty, 28 Feb 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ 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. 79)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/buffalo
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 9) Olivier Harty. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  8. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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