The Irish surname O'Flaherty is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Flaithbheartaigh meaning “descendant of Flaithbheartach,’ a name meaning “generous, or hospitable.” The O'Flaherty’s were a prominent Gaelic sept who possessed the territory on the east side of Lough Corrib in county Mayo until the 13th Century, when, under pressure from the Anglo-Norman penetration into Connacht, they moved westwards to the other side of the lake. Here their influence extended from Killary Harbour to the Bay of Galway, and also included the Aran Islands. The head of the sept was known as Lord of Moycullen and Lord of Iar-Connacht, and the chieftaincy was continued until the beginning of the 18th Century. William Flaherty, aged 22 yrs., a laborer, emigrated to New York on the ship “ The Barlow" on April 20th 1847. Today there are approximately 1,200 bearers of the name O'Flaherty in the United States.
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