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The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name laverty originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flaithbheartaigh," which means "bright ruler."


The surname laverty was first found in Connemara Irish : Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea)), County Galway in Connacht where the name claims descent from Flaithbertaigh Ua Flaithbertaigh, King of Connacht, who died 1098. Flaithbertaigh was the first bearer of the surname O'Flaherty, and was Lord of Maigh Seola in what is now County Galway. [1]

In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the laverty family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Flaherty, O'Flaherty, Flaverty, Laverty, Faherty and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laverty research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1407, 1593, 1589, 1629 and 1718 are included under the topic Early laverty History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early laverty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name laverty:

laverty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Laverty, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Hugh Laverty, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Jane Laverty, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Jas Laverty, aged 40, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • James Laverty, who landed in New York in 1823

laverty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

laverty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Laverty, aged 22, a housemaid, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879


  • P. H. Laverty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1876
  • Randy Laverty, American member of the Arkansas Senate
  • Maura Laverty (1907-1966), Irish author, journalist and broadcaster
  • Shannon Laverty, Canadian stand-up comedian
  • Dr Colin Robert Laverty (b. 1937), Australian medical practitioner
  • Paul Laverty (b. 1957), Scottish lawyer and scriptwriter
  • Eugene Laverty (b. 1986), British professional motorcycle road racer


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  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The laverty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laverty 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.

This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 15:04.

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