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

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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.

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Harty revealed spelling variations, including Hart, O'Hart, Harte, MacArt, McArt, MacCart, McCart and many more.


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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.

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

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Harty:

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

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  • 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


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