The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Flaherty originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flaithbheartaigh," which means "bright ruler."
Early Origins of the O'Flaherty family
The surname O'Flaherty 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'Flaherty family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Flaherty 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'Flaherty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Flaherty Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations
during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name O'Flaherty include Flaherty, O'Flaherty, Flaverty, Laverty, Faherty and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Flaherty 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'Flaherty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Flaherty family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 18th century, Irish families
began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of O'Flaherty:
O'Flaherty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frank H. O'Flaherty, aged 40, who landed in America from Cork, in 1892
O'Flaherty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harry O'Flaherty, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Clifden, Ireland, in 1902
- Henry O'Flaherty, aged 20, who settled in America from Clifden, Ireland, in 1904
- Hannah O'Flaherty, aged 23, who landed in America from Liverpool England, in 1908
- John O'Flaherty, aged 56, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908
- Eileen O'Flaherty, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Kingstown, Ireland, in 1909
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O'Flaherty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James O'Flaherty, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
- Thomas O'Flaherty, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Caronge" in 1838
O'Flaherty Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Adell O'Flaherty, aged 28, who emigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911
- Gerald O'Flaherty, aged 5, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911
- John O'Flaherty, aged 20, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911
O'Flaherty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edmund O'Flaherty, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Flaherty (post 1700)
- Frank Woodrow O’Flaherty (1918-1942), American sailor, recipient of the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS O'Flaherty (DE-340)
- Rev. Colman E. O'Flaherty (1874-1918), Irish-born, American recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross
- Ensign Frank Woodrow O'Flaherty (1918-1942), American pilot with the USS Enterprise, eponym of the USS O'Flaherty (DE-340)
- Colette O’Flaherty, Chief Herald of Ireland
- Michael O'Flaherty (1891-1952), Irish politician, Mayor of Galway (1950 to 1952)
- Liam O'Flaherty (1896-1984), Irish novelist and short story writer, author of The Informer (1925); Famine (novel) (1937), set around 1840's Great Famine (Ireland)
- Patrick O'Flaherty CM (1939-2017), Newfoundland-born, Canadian writer, historian, and academic
- Sidney Wainman "Sid" O'Flaherty (1886-1967), Australian politician
- Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (1898-1963), Vatican priest during World War II, saved many Jewish and POW lives and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom