Carty Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (2024)

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Carty Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (3)

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Carty originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Carthaigh, which is derived from the word "carthach," which means "loving."

Saint Carthach the Elder (d. 580?), appears in "the 'Felire' of Engus the Culdee (10th cent.) with the epithets of royal and Roman attached to his name. This is generally interpreted to mean that he was of royal ancestry, and had travelled to Rome [cf. Cainnech, Saint]. From the 'Vita Kierani' (Bollandist A. SS., March, v. 395) we gather that he was the grandson of Angus, king of Munster, who would seem to be the king whose death is recorded in the 'Four Masters' under the year 489. Colgan, however, noting that he was the brother of St. Cuanna, quotes from an old genealogy to show that he was the great-grandson of Neill of the Nine Hostages, who died about the year 405. In the 'Vita Kierani,' St. Carthach appears, before the death of St. Patrick, as one of St. Ciaran of Saighir's young disciples." 1

Saint Cathach the Younger (d. 636) also called Mochuda, was "the founder of the famous monastery at Rahen, and bishop of Lismore, was the son of Finnall (Annals Four Masters, sub an. 631). According to his legendary life, which, however, seems to have preserved much that is historical, he was born in Kerry, of the race of Fergus." 1

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Early Origins of the Carty family

The surname Carty was first found in County Kerry and much of County Cork, in the area formerly known as Desmond. One of the oldest and most important of all Irish families, the MacCarthy family claim descent from Oilioll Olum, the 3rd century King of Munster who gave the region of Desmond to his son Eoghan after his death. Eoghan's descendants were known as the Eoghanacht, and the surname MacCarthy is derived from Carthach, an 11th century lord of this group who was killed when the Lonegans set his house on fire.

They were settled at Carrignavar where they were the Lords of Eoghannacht and Diarmod MacCarty Mor swore fealty to King Henry II thereby retaining his estates in Cork. Innumerable members of the family have been important in Irish history, especially those with the forenames Fineen, Florence or Justin, beginning with the Fineen MacCarthy who vanquished the Geraldines in 1261.

Several branches of the powerful MacCarthy sept existed, including MacCarthy Reagh, who held a family seat at Carbery in West Cork, and the Muskerry MacCarthys, who were based in the barony of Muskerry in that county. MacCarthy Mor of County Kerry, long thought to be extinct, has only recently been proven to still exist.

The McCarthy Reagh branch rose to become the Princes of Carbery in what is now southwestern County Cork in the 13th century. It is generally thought that Donal Reagh MacCarthy, the 5th Prince of Carbery, a quo MacCarthy Reagh, son of Donal Glas was the first to use Reagh is his surname. From this early listing, each subsequent prince continued to use Reagh in one form or another. As far as the early princes are concerned, we know very little. However from Finghin MacCarthy Reagh, the 8th Prince of Carbery from 1477 to his death in 1505, a solid genealogy has been determined.

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Early History of the Carty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carty research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1446, 1455, 1490, 1492, 1562, 1576, 1583, 1585, 1588, 1589, 1591, 1593, 1594, 1596, 1612, 1628, 1640, 1646, 1665, 1668, 1694, 1698, 1733, 1734 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Carty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Carty Spelling Variations

Many variations of the name Carty were found in archives from the Middle Ages. Names during the Middle Ages were typically recorded as they sounded and in many cases, one's surname spelling changed with each record.The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Carty found include MacCarthy, MacCarty, MacArty, MacArthy and others.

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Early Notables of the Carty family

Notable among the family name at this time was

  • Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy (c. 1455-1492), an Irish ecclesiastic who never ruled his see, Bishop of Ross, Ireland in 1492 and Bishop of Cork and Cloyne in 1490, his feast day is 25 October; and Charles...
  • Donogh MacCarty (1594-1665), of the same line, was created the 1st Earl of Clancarty. Justin MacCarthy (d. 1694), was created 1st Viscount Mountcashel, he was a Jacobite general in the Williamite War...

Carty Ranking

In the United States, the name Carty is the 5,035th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 2

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Carty Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (4) Carty migration to the United States +

Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Carty:

Carty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mahan Carty, who landed in Virginia in 1655 3
  • Hugh Carty, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 3
  • John Carty, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 3
  • Katherine Carty, who landed in Maryland in 1671 3
  • Owen Carty, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 3
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Carty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Gillion Carty, who landed in Virginia in 1702 3
  • Mary Carty, who landed in Virginia in 1705 3
  • Sarah Carty, who landed in Virginia in 1706 3
  • Francis Carty, aged 18, who landed in New England in 1717 3
  • Patrick Carty, who arrived in Virginia in 1723 3
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Carty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Carty, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 3
  • William Carty, aged 17, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 3
  • Daniel Carty, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 3
  • James Carty, aged 22, who landed in Missouri in 1840 3
  • Pat Carty, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 3
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Carty Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (5) Carty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Carty U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 4
Carty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Carty, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Bryan Carty, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Charles Carty, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Lady Douglas" from New Ross
  • Bridget Carty, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Lady Douglas" from New Ross
  • Mr. Bryan Carty, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Numa" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 5
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Carty Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (6) Carty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Carty Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Francis Carty, (b. 1756), aged 31, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 14th April 1786, sentenced for 7 years for assault and highway robery in company and stealing a silver watch, transported aboard the ship "Scarborough" on 14th April 1786 to New South Wales, Australia 6
Carty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Barbara Carty, (Elizabeth), Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 21st January 1809, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 7
  • Mr. John Carty, (b. 1821), aged 11, Irish convict who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "City of Edinburgh II" on 18th March 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 8
  • Mr. William Carty, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 9
  • Miss Johanna Carty, (b. 1819), aged 18, Irish house maid who was convicted in Wicklow, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Diamond" on 29th November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 1 daughter 10
  • Mr. Thomas Carty, Canadian convict who was convicted in Quebec, Canada for 14 years for desertion from the army, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), transported from Quebec to England, he died in 1841 11
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Carty Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms (7) Carty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Carty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Carty, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 12
  • Mrs. Ann Carty Née Green, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 12
  • Mr. Patrick Carty, (b. 1843), aged 4, Irish settler born in Ireland travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847, he died on board the ship 12
  • Mr. John Carty, (b. 1831), aged 30, Irish farm labourer, from County Tipperary travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Rhea Sylvia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd May 1861 12
  • Charles Carty, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Royal Albert" in 1871853
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Contemporary Notables of the name Carty (post 1700) +
  • Michael Carty (1916-1975), Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • John Carty, Irish traditional musician
  • John Carty (b. 1950), Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Todd Carty (b. 1963), Irish actor and director
  • Jay J. Carty Jr. (1941-2017), American basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers (1968-1969)
  • Richard Arthur Carty (1922-1984), English cricketer
  • Donald J. Carty (b. 1946), Canadian /American businessman
  • John J Carty (1861-1932), American electrical engineer
  • Ricardo Adolfo Jacobo Carty (b. 1939), former professional baseball player from Dominican Republic
  • Germán Luis Carty (b. 1968), Peruvian professional footballer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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The Carty Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: Nothing is difficult to the brave and the faithful

Citations +
  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  3. 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)
  4. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 18)
  6. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd June 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/experiment
  8. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 11th February 2021 from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/city-of-edinburgh
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  10. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diamond
  11. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canton
  12. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html

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Carty Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms? ›

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What nationality is the name Carty? ›

Irish (Cork, Wexford, Roscommon): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cárthaigh 'descendant of Cárthach', an adjectival personal name meaning 'loving'.

Is Carty a traveller name? ›

Carty is a common name today in the Irish counties of: Wexford, Cork, Sligo, Galway and Roscommon. It is common in Longford under the spelling of Carthy until the last thirty years. Carty is recorded amongst the Irish travelling (tinker) community.

What does it mean if your family has a family crest? ›

Family crests are like the cool logos of ancient family brands, carrying deep stories and values from generations ago. Think of them as personalized symbols that families wore proudly, kind of like team jerseys, but with a lot more history and pride attached.

What is the crest of the family name? ›

What Is a Family Crest? In a full coat of arms, the crest literally crests the design—that is to say that it is often located at the top of the image. The family crest is a smaller part of the design that can be used on its own when the entire coat of arms is too complex.

What does carty mean? ›

Something that can be easily carried.

Is daugherty Irish or Scottish? ›

Doherty is an Irish and Scottish Patronymic name from the Gaelic O'Dochartaigh , meaning 'descendant of Dochartach', whose name meant Unlucky or Hurtful. Variants are O'Doherty, O'Dougherty, Dougharty, Doghartie, Dogerty, Daugherty, Doggart, Dockert , and Docharty , among others.

What are the Irish Gypsies surnames? ›

They used to live mostly in caravans or mobile homes in which they travelled all over the country or into England. They have Irish surnames – Ward, Connors, Carty, O'Brien, Cash, Coffey, Furey, MacDonagh, Mohan.

What is the ancestry of the gypsy? ›

Gypsies are thought to have arrived in Britain from the northern Indian sub-continent around 1500. The Romany language has its roots in Hindi but suggests a migration via the Middle East into South Eastern Europe.

What is the most common gypsy surname? ›

Surnames are not conclusive evidence of Romany heritage, as many of them were also generally common ones, including Young, Taylor, Smith (a translation of the Romany for 'horseshoe maker,' Petulengro), Shaw/Shore, Lea/Lea/Leigh, Gray/Grey, Draper, Cooper and Boswell.

What is the difference between a crest and a coat of arms? ›

So in summary, the main difference between a coat of arms and a family crest is that a coat of arms is a complete design that includes multiple elements, while a family crest is just one part of the coat of arms.

What does the coat of arms symbolize? ›

A coat of arms is a symbolic reference to an independent state. It can represent the achievements of a country. The coat of arms is considered a symbol of the government. The coat of arms is usually included on the front cover of that country's passport.

What do the colors of coats of arms mean? ›

Black or “Sable” represents wisdom, constancy, grief, or prudence. Green or “Vert” represents abundance, joy, hope, and loyalty in marriage. Red or “Gules” is the symbol of the warrior, representing might and military strength. It is also associated with being a martyr and represents sacrifice.

Where does the name do originate from? ›

The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Do is Vietnamese, which comprises 77.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname.

Where did the surname come from? ›

Where do last names come from? Last names can be derived from occupations (e.g., Smith), locations (e.g., Hill), personal characteristics (e.g., Young), or paternal lineage (e.g., Johnson). In some cultures, surnames were assigned based on the father's name (e.g., O'Connor, meaning "son of Connor").

Is Haynes a German name? ›

Haynes is predominantly recorded as a surname, particularly in England, meaning “enclosure.” It is also believed that the name derived from the German name Hagen of the same meaning. In German legend, Hagen is a character described as cunning in the tales of Nibelungenlied.

What nationality is the word name? ›

Etymology. The word name comes from Old English nama; cognate with Old High German (OHG) namo, Sanskrit नामन् (nāman), Latin nomen, Greek ὄνομα (onoma), and Persian نام (nâm), from the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) *h₁nómn̥. Outside Indo-European, it can be connected to Proto-Uralic *nime.

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