Early Origins of the MacGirity family
Roscommon and Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they were one of the Hi Maine Septs in Kelly's country. They were direct descendants of the O'Connors, Kings of Connacht, and the Chief of the Clann was one of the four royal chiefs under the O'Connor. The tree on the Coat of Arms illustrates their descendancy from the O'Connors.
Early History of the MacGirity family
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MacGirity Spelling Variations
Ireland were often inconsistently spelt: Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name MacGirity revealed many spelling variations including Gerrity, Gerty, Gerighty, Gerighaty, Gerety, Gerahty, Garraty, Geraty, Jerety, McGerity, MacGeraghty, MacGartie, MacGarty and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGirity family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGirity family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 18th and the 19th century, Irish immigrants left their homeland for new lands. Leaving from such ports as Belfast, Dublin, and Cork, some went as far as Australia and many more traveled across the Atlantic to British North America or the United States. The early settlers left not out of necessity but rather to fulfill their dream of owning a tract of land to work solely for themselves. When the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland in the late 1840s, immigration away from the island skyrocketed. Hunger and disease were rapidly taking the lives of many Irish people, and to escape these conditions hundreds of thousands left Ireland en masse. The established population in North America generally did not give these destitute Irish a very warm welcome, but this mass of people were highly prized, if not highly paid, by the people behind the major industrial and construction projects of the times. These Irish provided the cheap labor required by the factories, the mines, and the many construction projects of the time. The Irish immigrants that arrived in the United States and Canada provided these now rich and powerful nations with inestimable contributions, both physical and cultural. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name MacGirity: Robert Gerity who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858; Patrick Gerrity, also Peter and Phillip, all arrived in the 1860's; Sally McGarty arrived in New York State in 1847.
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