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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
  • William Rafferty, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Patrick Rafferty, aged 21, landed in New York in 1812
  • James Rafferty, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Simeon Rafferty, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (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, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Biddy Rafferty, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • John Rafferty, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Anne, Bridge, Catherin, Ellen, John, Mary, Owen, Pat, and Thomas Rafferty all settled in Quebec in 1849

Rafferty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Rafferty, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Catherine Rafferty, aged 18, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Catherine Rafferty, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Peter Rafferty, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
  • Peter Rafferty, aged 26, a labourer, 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 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)



  • John Rafferty Jr. (b. 1953), Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate
  • Thomas Michael Rafferty (b. 1954), retired American NFL football offensive lineman
  • John C. Rafferty Jr., American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 44th District, 2003-04
  • John C. Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Hunterdon County, 1856-58; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1860
  • James J. Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Philippine Islands, 1920, 1928, 1932, 1940
  • Emily Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2012
  • Dale Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1956
  • Anne Marie Rafferty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • John J. Rafferty (b. 1896), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Middlesex County, 1931-35; Mayor of Middlesex, New Jersey, 1933; Chair of Middlesex County Democratic Party, 1934
  • 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    2. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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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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