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The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name MacCarthy originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Carthaigh, which is derived from the word "carthach," which means "loving."

MacCarthy Early Origins



The surname MacCarthy was first found in County Kerry and much of County Cork, in the area formerly known as Desmond. One of the oldest and most important of all Irish families, the MacCarthy family claim descent from Oilioll Olum, the 3rd century King of Munster who gave the region of Desmond to his son Eoghan after his death. Eoghan's descendants were known as the Eoghanacht, and the surname MacCarthy is derived from Carthach, an 11th century lord of this group who was killed when the Lonegans set his house on fire. They were settled at Carrignavar where they were the Lords of Eoghannacht and Diarmod MacCarty Mor swore fealty to King Henry II thereby retaining his estates in Cork. Innumerable members of the family have been important in Irish history, especially those with the forenames Fineen, Florence or Justin, beginning with the Fineen MacCarthy who vanquished the Geraldines in 1261. Several branches of the powerful MacCarthy sept existed, including MacCarthy Reagh, who held a family seat at Carbery in West Cork, and the Muskerry MacCarthys, who were based in the barony of Muskerry in that county. MacCarthy Mor of County Kerry, long thought to be extinct, has only recently been proven to still exist.

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MacCarthy Spelling Variations


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MacCarthy Spelling Variations



One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the MacCarthy family name include MacCarthy, MacCarty, MacArty, MacArthy and others.

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MacCarthy Early History


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MacCarthy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCarthy research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1446, 1646, 1640, 1628, 1594, 1665, 1694, 1668, 1734, 1698, 1769, 1733 and 1734 are included under the topic Early MacCarthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacCarthy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacCarthy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Charles MacCarty (Cormac Oge McCarthy), (d. 1640). He was from the ancient line of Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster, and was created the 1st Viscount Muskerry in 1628. His motto was "Forti et fideli nihil difficile, " which translates as "to the...

Another 94 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCarthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of MacCarthy or one of its variants:

MacCarthy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bryan MacCarthy, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Bridget, Charles, Cornelius, Daniel, Denis, Florence, James, John, Michael,Owen, Patrick, Thomas, and William MacCarthy, who all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860

MacCarthy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick MacCarthy, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacCarthy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacCarthy (post 1700)



  • Marion Sumner MacCarthy (b. 1874), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Alamos, 1908-11
  • Gloanna Wallace MacCarthy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936 (alternate), 1944
  • Eugene MacCarthy (b. 1916), American politician, U.S. Congressman and Senator
  • Terence Francis MacCarthy (b. 1957), Irish genealogist, historian, and writer, controversially styled "The MacCarthy Mór," the title for the Chieftain of the MacCarthy Clan, from to 1992-1999
  • Denis Florence MacCarthy (1818-1882), Irish poet
  • Sir Desmond MacCarthy (1878-1952), English writer and critic
  • Sir Thaddeus MacCarthy (1907-2001), New Zealand judge

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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    The MacCarthy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacCarthy 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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