There are many Irish surnames being used today that are almost indistingushiable from their ancient forms. McGroartay originally appeared in Gaelic as MacRobhartaigh," or "son of Robhartaigh," an old personal name
derived from the Irish word "robharta" meaning "full tide."
Early Origins of the McGroartay family
The surname McGroartay was first found in County Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they were the coarbs (hereditary lay lords) of the church of St. Columcille in Tory Island.
Early History of the McGroartay family
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McGroartay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Roarty, O'Roarty, McRoarty, MacRoarty, Mcgroarty and many more.
Early Notables of the McGroartay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGroartay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John McGroarty, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840; Hugh McGroarty, who arrived in Boston sometime between 1851 and 1853; Patrick McGroarty, who settled in Massachusetts in 1852.