The Irish surname McGrath is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Craith, a patronymic from a personal name, possibly Mac Raith meaning “son of grace,’ from rath meaning “grace, or prosperity.” There were two main families of McGrath in Ireland, the first is that from County Clare, who migrated South to County Waterford, circa 1400, and who were the hereditary poets to the O'Briens, Kings of All Ireland. The second sept were from County Donegal, where they were claimants to the ancient monastery lands of the area. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John McGraith, which was dated circa 1391, Author of "Caithreim Toirdhealbhaigh".
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