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

Raftery Early Origins



The surname Raftery 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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Raftery Spelling Variations


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Raftery 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 Raftery include Rafferty, O'Rafferty, Raferty, Raffhery, Raffthery, Raftery, Raverty, Roarty and many more.

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Raftery Early History


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Raftery Early History



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

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Raftery Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raftery Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Raftery 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



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 Raftery:

Raftery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Raftery, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Galway, Ireland, in 1892
  • Bridget Raftery, aged 26, who settled in America from Ballyhannon, in 1898

Raftery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hariet Raftery, who landed in America from Castlesea, in 1900
  • Bdgt. Raftery, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Ballymahon, in 1904
  • Ellen Raftery, aged 18, who landed in America from Ballyhaunis, in 1905
  • John Raftery, aged 30, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1906
  • Kathleen Agnes Raftery, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Claremons, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Raftery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Raftery, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raftery (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Raftery (post 1700)



  • Thomas Francis Raftery (1881-1954), American Major League Baseball right fielder
  • Adrian E. Raftery (b. 1955), Irish and American statistician
  • Bill Raftery (b. 1943), American basketball analyst and play-by-play announcer and former college basketball coach
  • Patricia ‘Pat’ Raftery, Irish captain of the All Ireland Camogie Championship winning team in 1950
  • Tom Raftery (b. 1933), former Irish Fine Gael politician and university professor
  • Barry Raftery (1944-2010), Irish archaeologist and Celtic scholar
  • Mary Raftery, Irish filmmaker and writer
  • Patrick Thomas Raftery (b. 1925), English former footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Raftery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raftery 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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