The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Flaggherty originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flaithbheartaigh," which means "bright ruler."
Early Origins of the O'Flaggherty family
The surname O'Flaggherty was first found in Connemara
Irish : Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea)), County Galway
where the name claims descent from Flaithbertaigh Ua Flaithbertaigh, King of Connacht
, who died 1098. Flaithbertaigh was the first bearer of the surname O'Flaherty, and was Lord of Maigh Seola in what is now County Galway
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the O'Flaggherty family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Flaggherty research.Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1407, 1593, 1589, 1629 and 1718 are included under the topic Early O'Flaggherty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Flaggherty Spelling Variations
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations
of the name O'Flaggherty dating from that time include Flaherty, O'Flaherty, Flaverty, Laverty, Faherty and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Flaggherty family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Áedh Ó Flaithbheartaigh, (c.
1377?-1407), Taoiseach of Iar Connacht
and Chief of the Name; Murrough na dTuadh Ó Flaithbheartaigh, (died 1593), Chief of Iar Connacht; Teige Ó Flaithbheartaigh (died 1589), an... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Flaggherty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Flaggherty family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families
fled an Ireland
that was forcibly held through by England
through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence
may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name O'Flaggherty or a variant listed above, including: James Flaherty who landed in Virginia in 1651; followed James Flaharty in 1651; Timothy Flaharty settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767; Ann Flaherty settled in New York in 1850.