Origin of the Flaherty Clan Name


Flaherty comes from the old Irish name Ó Flaithbheartach, now spelt as Ó Flatharta, which comes from the name meaning Hospitable or generous, although another meaning for the name is Price, generous is more exact. The Flaherty’s were a branch of the Muinir Murchada dynasty, who was in turn a branch of the Uí Briúin, of whom the name is derived from Murchadh mac Maenach, who was a King of Uí Briúin Seóla (An Irish Kin-group), he died in 891.

Flaherty Clan Name

The Flaherty family originated from Maigh Seóla now known as the area of Galway, Connemara and the Aran Islands where their title originated from, the Lord of Iar-Chonnacht. The name is widespread throughout Ireland and still very prominent in the Galway region in the province of Connacht. They occupied this area from the 13th century and subsisted until the 18th Century.

Variations of the name include O’Flaherty, Flaverty, Laverty, Faherty among many more.