Nulty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Nulty originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac an Ultaigh, which is derived from Ultach, which means Ulsterman.

Early Origins of the Nulty family

The surname Nulty 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 held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Nulty family

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Nulty Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Nulty revealed spelling variations, including McNulty, McAnulty, McNull and others.

Early Notables of the Nulty family (pre 1700)

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United States Nulty migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Nulty family came to North America quite early:

Nulty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Nulty, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Jane Nulty, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • John Nulty, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Mary Nulty, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Nelly Nulty, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Nulty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nulty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Annie Nulty, (b. 1847), aged 19, British dressmaker travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Bombay" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 18th August 1866 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nulty (post 1700) +

  • William B. Nulty (b. 1953), American politician, Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1949-53; Died in office 1953 [3]
  • James T. Nulty, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 8th District, 1911-14 [3]
  • Francis X. Nulty, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 1946 (Democratic), 1948 (American Labor) [3]
  • Patrick Nulty (b. 1982), Irish politician
  • Geoffrey Owen "Geoff" Nulty (b. 1949), retired English professional footballer

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 18) . Retrieved from on Facebook