McGroarty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are many Irish surnames being used today that are almost indistingushiable from their ancient forms. McGroarty 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 McGroarty family

The surname McGroarty 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 McGroarty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGroarty research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1663, 1479 and 1597 are included under the topic Early McGroarty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGroarty Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roarty, O'Roarty, McRoarty, MacRoarty, Mcgroarty and many more.

Early Notables of the McGroarty family (pre 1700)

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United States McGroarty migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGroarty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cassie McGroarty, aged 18, who arrived in America from County Donegal, Ireland, in 1899
McGroarty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James McGroarty, aged 70, who arrived in America from County Donegal, Ireland, in 1902
  • Rachel McGroarty, aged 26, who arrived in America from County Donegal, Ireland, in 1902
  • John McGroarty, aged 21, who arrived in America from County Donegal, Ireland, in 1903
  • Julia McGroarty, aged 20, who arrived in America from County Donegal, Ireland, in 1903
  • Katherine McGroarty, aged 25, who arrived in America from County Donegal, Ireland, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McGroarty (post 1700) +

  • John Steven McGroarty (1862-1944), American poet, lawyer, and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (1935-1939)
  • Stephen J McGroarty, American Colonel of the 61st Ohio at Gettysburg
  • Charles N McGroarty, American civil servant, eponym of the Liberty Ship, SS Charles N. McGroarty, launched in 1943
  • Lee McGroarty, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Chino, California, 2012 [1]
  • John Steven McGroarty (1862-1944), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from California 11th District, 1935-39; Candidate in primary for Secretary of State of California, 1938 [1]
  • John McGroarty, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 9th District, 1874-77 [1]
  • J. Courtney McGroarty, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964 [1]
  • James Martin "Jimmy" McGroarty (b. 1957), former Northern Irish footballer
  • Chris McGroarty (b. 1981), Scottish professional footballer
  • Thomas "Tom" McGroarty, American politician, Mayor of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1996-2004)


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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