McGarrity History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name McGarrity was originally written in a Gaelic form as Mag Oireachtaigh, which is derived from the word "oireachtach," referring to a member of an assembly. Translating the name into English produces no less than seventeen different synonyms. But the origin of the name is most intriguing. In the 12th century, the name was simply O Roduibh but a Oireachtach O Roduibh at that time caused the name to be shortened to Oireachtach, their present form.

Early Origins of the McGarrity family

The surname McGarrity was first found in counties 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 McGarrity family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGarrity research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1585, 1744 and 1598 are included under the topic Early McGarrity History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGarrity Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McGarrity were encountered in the archives: Gerrity, Gerty, Gerighty, Gerighaty, Gerety, Gerahty, Garraty, Geraty, Jerety, McGerity, MacGeraghty, MacGartie, MacGarty and many more.

Early Notables of the McGarrity family (pre 1700)

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United States McGarrity migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McGarrity name:

McGarrity Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McGarrity, aged 6, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839 [1]
  • G M McGarrity, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Australia McGarrity migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McGarrity Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James McGarrity, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Contemporary Notables of the name McGarrity (post 1700) +

  • Joseph McGarrity (1874-1940), Irish-born, American who was the principal financier of the 1916 Rising
  • Michael McGarrity (b. 1939), American author and former law enforcement officer
  • Eoin McGarrity, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Kevin McGarrity, Irish member of the 1998, 1999 Nordic Racing team in the International Formula 3000


  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)


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