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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 Moriarty is O Muircheartaigh, which is derived from the word "muircheartach," which means "navigator."

Moriarty Early Origins



The surname Moriarty 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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Moriarty Spelling Variations


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Moriarty Spelling Variations



One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Moriarty were found in the many archives researched. These included Moriarty, O'Moriarty, Murtagh, Murtag, McMoriarty and many more.

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Moriarty Early History


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Moriarty Early History



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

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Moriarty Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moriarty Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Moriarty 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 immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North Ameri ca. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Moriarty or one of its variants:

Moriarty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel, Ellen, Eugene, Margaret, Michael, and Thomas Moriarty, who all, who settled in Boston in 1849
  • James, John, Martin, Maurice, and Michael Moriarty all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Henry S Moriarty, who arrived in California in 1898 [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)

Moriarty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Moriarty, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Margaret Moriarty, aged 31, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Johanah Moriarty, aged 80, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Johannah Moriarty, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Joanna Moriarty, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moriarty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Moriarty, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  • Johannah Moriarty, aged 17, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  • Michael Moriarty, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
  • Dennis Moriarty, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
  • William Moriarty, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.

Moriarty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Moriarty, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Michael Moriarty, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Thomas Moriarty, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Mary Moriarty, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Michael Moriarty, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moriarty (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moriarty (post 1700)



  • Robert J. Moriarty, American former Marine F-4B fighter pilot who recorded over 824 missions in combat
  • Patrick Moriarty Jr. (1851-1928), American politician, Mayor of Ashland, Kentucky (1889)
  • Judith K. "Judi" Moriarty (b. 1942), American politician, the first woman to serve as Missouri Secretary of State (1993-1994)
  • James F. Moriarty, American diplomat and career foreign service officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh (2008 to 2011)
  • George Joseph Moriarty (1884-1964), American Major League Baseball third baseman, umpire and manager from 1903 to 1940
  • Brendan Moriarty (b. 1989), American film director and producer, known for his work in The Road to Freedom (2011)
  • Cathy Moriarty (b. 1960), Academy Award nominated American actress
  • Michael Moriarty (b. 1941), Tony-winning and Emmy-winning American actor
  • John Moriarty (b. 1930), American conductor and stage director
  • Charles P. Moriarty, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, 1953-61 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Moriarty Historic Events


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Moriarty Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Jennie  Moriarty (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlanti c. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
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The Moriarty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moriarty 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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