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

McCarthy Early Origins



The surname McCarthy 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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McCarthy Spelling Variations


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McCarthy Spelling Variations



The spelling of one's surname was not as important as it is today. Names were recorded as they sounded and in many cases, one's surname changed with each listing. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For McCarthy some of these variations included: MacCarthy, MacCarty, MacArty, MacArthy and others.

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McCarthy Early History


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McCarthy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarthy 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 McCarthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCarthy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCarthy 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 McCarthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of McCarthy:

McCarthy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William McCarthy, who landed in New England in 1729 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alexander McCarthy, recorded in the New York Colonial Muster Rolls in 1760

McCarthy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Florence McCarthy, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1808 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Dennis McCarthy, who landed in New York in 1834 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Justin McCarthy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jeremiah McCarthy, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert N Emmett McCarthy, aged 35, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCarthy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Delia Mary McCarthy, who landed in Alabama in 1924 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

McCarthy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Dennis McCarthy U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 382 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Mary McCarthy U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 80 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss. Sarah McCarthy D. U.E. (b. 1773), aged 9 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 17 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Isaiah McCarthy U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McCarthy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Redmond McCarthy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Catherine McCarthy, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Catherine McCarthy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • John McCarthy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • Jeremiah McCarthy, and his family, who setted in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCarthy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Dennis McCarthy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Michael McCarthy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Lawrence Cormac McCarthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • Ann Francis McCarthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • Mary Ann McCarthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCarthy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Julia McCARTHY, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John McCARTHY, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Michael McCarthy, aged 27, a shoemaker, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Ann McCarthy, aged 22, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Margaret McCarthy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCarthy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCarthy (post 1700)



  • Thomas R. McCarthy (1934-2016), American thoroughbred racehorse owner and trainer, best known as the owner of General Quarters, the 2009 Blue Grass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby runner
  • John Philip McCarthy AO (1942-1981), American-born, former Australian diplomat, Ambassador to Vietnam (1981-1983), Ambassador to Mexico (1985-1987), Ambassador to Thailand (1992-1994), Ambassador to the United States (1995-1997)
  • Thomas Francis Michael "Tommy" McCarthy (1863-1922), American Major League Baseball player, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946
  • Thomas R. McCarthy (b. 1934), American Thoroughbred racehorse owner & trainer
  • Melissa Ann McCarthy (b. 1970), American Academy Award and BAFTA nominated film and television actress, comedian, writer and producer
  • Mary Eunice McCarthy, American screenwriter
  • Kevin McCarthy (1914-2010), American Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe winning stage, film, and television actor
  • Justin J. McCarthy (1900-1959), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • John McCarthy (1927-2011), award-winning American computer scientist and cognitive scientist
  • Cormac McCarthy (b. 1933), American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007 for The Road
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McCarthy Historic Events


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McCarthy Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Daniel Emmet McCarthy (1957-1988), American Banker from Brooklyn, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Suggested Readings for the name McCarthy


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Suggested Readings for the name McCarthy



  • The Lindner & McCarthy Families of Hoboken, Newark, and Elizabethport, New Jersey by Florence Lindner McCarthy.

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McCarthy Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm

Other References

  1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  6. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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The McCarthy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCarthy 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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