This old Connacht name O'HAVERTY is now, and indeed has always been rare, although it is fairly well represented in a small area in County Galway, around the parishes of Kilmordaly and Craughwell. It is rare in early records. The Annals of Innisfallen mention O'hAbartaig, as the Abbot of Mayo in 1095, and a William O'Havorta is mentioned in a list of County Galway 'pardons' in 1584. Another O'Havarta occurs in the Strafford Inquisition of Mayo in 1635. Ireland is one of the earliest sources of the development of patronymic names in northern Europe. Irish Clan or bynames can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. and Mac (son of) and O (grandson or ancestor of) evolved from this base, the original literal meaning of which has been lost due to the absence of written records and linguistic ambivalences which subtly but inexorably became adopted through usage. Genealogists and lexographers accept that the patronymic base does not refer to a location, quite the contrary. The use of the prefix 'Bally' (town of) attaching to the base name, identifying the location. The base root was also adopted by people residing in the demographic area without a common ancestor. These groups called 'Septs' were specially prevalent in Ireland. The first Normans arrived in Ireland in the 12th and 13th centuries to form an alliance with the King of Leinster. Under Elizabeth I in the 16th century, settlers from England established themselves around Dublin, then under English control and Presbyterian Scots emigrated to Ulster, introducing English and Scottish roots. Notable members of the name include Joseph Patrick Haverty (1794-1864) the portrait painter, and his half-brother Martin Haverty (1809-1887) the historian. The name of Joseph is perpetuated in the Haverty Trust, which provides funds for the purchase of works by Irish artists. Patrick Martin Haverty (1824-1901), the Galway born American publisher of many Irish historical and musical works, who took part in the Young Ireland movement at home and in the Civil War in America, has been described as the 'best known Irishman in America'.
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