The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Flahertie originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flaithbheartaigh," which means "bright ruler."
Early Origins of the O'Flahertie family
The surname O'Flahertie 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'Flahertie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Flahertie 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'Flahertie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Flahertie Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland
was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations
of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name O'Flahertie revealed many variations, including Flaherty, O'Flaherty, Flaverty, Laverty, Faherty and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Flahertie 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'Flahertie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Flahertie family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name O'Flahertie or a variant listed above: 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.