Harty Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Harty Family History

Harty Family History

The Harty ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Harty include Hartry and Hartie. This name in Irish is O'Hartaigh and the latter variants are the anglicized form of this. This sept came from Munster.

A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.

Notable bearers of this name were from Counties Limerick and Tipperary. Dr. John M. Harty, 1867-1946, was Archbishop of Cashel and Lt. Gen Oliver Harty, 1746-1823, was in the Irish Brigade in France and stayed in that country following the revolution. He was ennobled by Napoleon as Baron de Pierreburg. The variant Hartry has been recorded in Leinster and is mentioned in the ancient text 'The Annals of the Four Masters' as being of importance in Connacht in the twelfth century.The Harty family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Harty descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Harty Coat of Arms

Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Eagle Symbol of Power and Strength
Shamrock/Trefoil Signifies Perpetuity

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