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While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Moriarity is O Muircheartaigh, which is derived from the word "muircheartach," which means "navigator."

Moriarity Early Origins



The surname Moriarity was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province.

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Moriarity Spelling Variations


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Moriarity Spelling Variations



Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Moriarity. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Moriarty, O'Moriarty, Murtagh, Murtag, McMoriarty and many more.

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Moriarity Early History


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Moriarity Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moriarity research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Moriarity History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moriarity Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moriarity Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Moriarity Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Moriarity or one of its variants:

Moriarity Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alex D Moriarity, aged 23, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1886

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moriarity (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moriarity (post 1700)



  • Jay Moriarity (1978-2001), American surfer from Santa Cruz
  • Eugene John Moriarity, 19th century American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Timothy J. II Moriarity, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948
  • Maurice W. J. Moriarity, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Woodbridge, 1940
  • Joseph J. Moriarity, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota 3rd District, 1930
  • John Moriarity, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948
  • Francis B. Moriarity, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Tunis, 1932

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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    The Moriarity Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moriarity 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 January 2016 at 14:21.

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