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

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."


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.

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]


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


  • Randy Laverty, American member of the Arkansas Senate
  • Maura Laverty (1907-1966), Irish author, journalist and broadcaster
  • Eugene Laverty (b. 1986), British professional motorcycle road racer
  • Paul Laverty (b. 1957), Scottish lawyer and scriptwriter
  • Dr Colin Robert Laverty (b. 1937), Australian medical practitioner
  • Shannon Laverty, Canadian stand-up comedian


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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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. 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. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  11. ...

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.

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