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The original Gaelic form of Rafferty was O Raithbheartaigh, which was modified to O Raifeartaigh. The surname is derived from the words rath bheartach meaning prosperity wielder.

Rafferty Early Origins



The surname Rafferty was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel.

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Rafferty Spelling Variations


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Rafferty Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Rafferty revealed spelling variations, including Rafferty, O'Rafferty, Raferty, Raffhery, Raffthery, Raftery, Raverty, Roarty and many more.

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Rafferty Early History


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Rafferty Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rafferty research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1090 is included under the topic Early Rafferty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rafferty Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rafferty Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rafferty 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Rafferty:

Rafferty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Rafferty, who landed in Connecticut in 1811 [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)
  • William Rafferty, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [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)
  • Patrick Rafferty, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1812 [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)
  • James Rafferty, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [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)
  • Simeon Rafferty, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rafferty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Rafferty, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Biddy Rafferty, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • John Rafferty, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Anne, Bridge, Catherin, Ellen, John, Mary, Owen, Pat, and Thomas Rafferty all, who settled in Quebec in 1849

Rafferty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Rafferty, a shoemaker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Catherine Rafferty, aged 18, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  • Catherine Rafferty, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Peter Rafferty, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
  • Peter Rafferty, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rafferty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Rafferty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rafferty (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rafferty (post 1700)



  • William F. Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916
  • Scott Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • Robert D. Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956
  • Orville V. Rafferty, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1918
  • Philip Rafferty, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1853-54
  • Michael J. Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 43rd District, 1884
  • Julia Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940
  • Maxwell Lewis Rafferty (1917-1982), American Republican politician, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1963-70; Defeated, 1970; Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1968
  • John T. Rafferty, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1912, 1928; Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930
  • John K. Rafferty, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1972
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Rafferty Historic Events


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Rafferty Historic Events




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Suggested Readings for the name Rafferty


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Suggested Readings for the name Rafferty



  • Raffety's (Rafferty's) in America by Charles E. Rafferty.

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Rafferty Family Crest Products


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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. ^ South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Rafferty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rafferty 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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