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1) (Chiefs of Carbery and Muskerry, co. Cork, a powerful Irish Sept, descended from Cartach, King of Desmond prior to the English invasion, the Chief of which was styled The McCarthy More). Ar. a stag trippant, attired and unguled or.
2) (Earl of Clancare and Viscount Valentia, extinct; Donogh McCarty More, seventh in descent from Cormac More McCarthy, was so created 1556, d. s.p. m.). Ar. a stag trippant gu. attired and unguled or.
3) (Earl of Clancarty and Viscount Muskerry, attainted 1690; Cormac Oge McCarthy, of Blarney, descended from Dermot McCarty, second son of Cormac More McCarthy, was created a viscount, 1628; his son, second viscount, was created an earl, 1658). Same Arms. Crest—A dexter arm in armour ppr. cuffed ar. erect and couped at the wrist, holding in the hand a lizard both also ppr. Supporters—Two angels ppr. vested ar. habited gu. winged or, each holding in the exterior hand a shield, thereon a human head affrontce erased.Motto—Forti et fideli nihil difficile. Anotlur Motto, borne by Dermot McCarthy, Viscount Munkerry—Ex arduis perpetuum nomen.
"4) (Carrignavar, co. Cork: the present male representative of the Clan Carthy descended from Donel
McCarthy, who built Carrignavar, brother of Cormac Oge McCarthy, father of the first Viscount Muskerry). Same Arms. Crest—A dexter arm in mail ar. holding in the hand a lizard both ppr."
5) (McCarthy-Reagh, the second Sept in orderof the Clan Cabty, descended from Donel God McCarthy, second son of Donel More McCarthy, The McCarthy More. The Chief of this Sept was known as The McCarthy Reach). Same Arms. Crest—A dexter arm erect, couped at the elbow, vested az. cuffed ar. holding in the hand ppr. a lizard vert. Motto—Fortis ferox et celer.
6) (Springhouse, co. Tipperary; descended from The McCarthy Reach; allowed by Hawkins, Ulster, 1772). (Kilbrittain and Rupella, co. Cork; allowed by Hawkins, Ulster, 1767, to Charles McCarthy, Knt. of St. Louis, Captain in the French Navy, descended from The McCarthy Reagh). Same Arms. Crest—A dexter arm erect, couped at the elbow, vested az. cuffed ar. holding in the hand a lizard both ppr. Motto—Fortis ferox et celer.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Mccarthy Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The surname McCarthy (Irish: Mac Cárthaigh) is an anglicized form of the Gaelic “Mac Carthaigh”, the prefix “Mac” meaning son of, and the last part “Carthach” meaning loving.  Carthach was an Irish chieftain who lived in the 11th century. McCarthy descends from the early kings of Ireland and the majority of the of clan still lives in the original homelands of County Cork with the spellings of McCarty, McCarthy, and MacCarthy, these spellings are also dominant in the County Wexford, which is in the Southeast part of Ireland.  This clan claims to descend from the King of Munster, Oilioll Olum from the 3rd Century A.D. ‘Carthach, Lord of Eoghannacht was the earliest recorded ancestor he died in 1045. This clan has played an important and heroic part in the history of Ireland and are the leading clans of Munster. The clan itself is divided into several great branches throughout Ireland.  These branches are MacCarthy Reagh, MacCarthy of Muskerry, MacCarthy of Duhallow were and are the most important, but there is a central clan of MacCarthy Mor. In North America the most common spelling is McCarthy. Carthach’s son was known as Muireadhach mac Carthaigh (meaning “Muireadhach, son of Carthach”). Such ephemeral patronymics were common at the time. However, when Muireadhach died in 1092 his sons Tadhg and Cormac adopted Mac Carthaigh as an actual surname.  Each of these families continued resistance to Norman and English encroachment up to the seventeenth century when, like virtually all the Gaelic aristocracy, they lost almost everything. An exception was Macroom Castle, which passed to the White family of Bantry House, descendants of Cormac Láidir Mac Cárthaigh. This was burnt in 1922 and is part of the local golf club today. The Muskerry McCarthy’s historical seat is Blarney Castle in County Cork. Legend has it that the Blarney Stone was given as a gift to Cormac MacCarthy, King of Desmond, from king Robert the Bruce of Scotland, who presented the ‘magical’ stone in gratitude for his assistance in the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The third castle built on the site (the castle which stands to this day) was built by another McCarthy descendant, Dermot McCarthy, in 1446. Dermot was known for his eloquence, hence the Blarney Stone’s reputation for imparting the gift of the gab upon those who kiss it.

Spelling Variations
MacCarthy, MacCarty, MacArty, MacArthy, McCarty, McArty, McArthy

Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name McCarthy ranks 4,340th in popularity worldwide as of the 2014 Census and approximately 129,888 people carry the McCarthy surname worldwide. The name ranks particularly high in the following six states: Massachusetts, New York, California, Illinois, Florida, and Maryland.  It ranks highest in the following countries: United States (113,176), Ireland (24,808), England (21,473), Canada (11,871), Australia (10,010), England (6,808)

Early Bearers of Surname
Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy (c. 1455-1492), an Irish ecclesiastic who never ruled his see, Bishop of Ross, Ireland in 1492 and Bishop of Cork and Cloyne in 1490, his feast day is 25 October
Charles MacCarty (Cormac Oge McCarthy), (d. 1640)

Early Marriages for McCarthy
Denis McCarthy married Miss Billington in 1668 in Old Rappahannock, County, Virginia
John McCarthy married Ann Harmon on July 9, 1684 in Staten Island, New York
Darby McCarthy married Rosamond Calahan on Feb. 8, 1729 in London, England
Michael McCarthy married Joannah More on Jun. 30, 1763 in St. Stephen, Bristol, Gloucester, England
Margaret McCarthy married John Sullivan on Oct. 14, 1770 in Bristol, Gloucester, England
Julian McCarthy married Patrick Ryan on Jan. 30, 1776 in Bristol, Gloucester, England
Callaghan McCarthy married Hannah Williams in 1780 in St. James, Bristol, Gloucester, England
Owen McCarthy married Mary Wood on Nov. 4, 1782 in St. Hilda, South Shields, Durham, England
Thomas McCarthy married Hester Osborn on Nov. 22, 1784 in Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, England
Charles McCarthy married Ann Careway on Aug. 8, 1785 in St. Nicholas, Bristol, Gloucester, England
Patrick McCarthy married Ann Day on Jun. 29, 1789 in Northampton St Sepulchre, Northampton, England
Catherine McCarthy married John Dirnane on Jul. 24, 1792 in Saint Anne Soho, Westminster, London, England

History, Genealogy & Ancestry
McCARTY OF CARRIGNAVAR.
Justin McCarty, of Carrignavar, Co. Cork. J.P., Barrister-at-Law born 1816 married 1848, Louisa, the daughter of Edward Fitzgerald, Major H.E.I.C.S., and has issue 1) Gerald Falkiner, B.A. Trinity College Dublin, Barrister-at-Law born 1848; d.s.p. Nov. 17, 1890.  2) Frederick Fitzgerald 3) Robert Capel 4) Justin Charles 5) Isabella married March 9, 1885, A.P. Gould of Bombay.
Lineage ~ Few pedigrees in the British Empire can be traced to a more remote or a more exalted source than that of the Celtic House of McCarty.  On the arrival of the English in the 12th century, they were styled Kings of Desmond and Cork. From Cormac More, who lived in the beginning of the 12th century, sprang two sons.  Daniel,the elder succeeded his father as the MacCarty More; and Diarmid the younger, founded the powerful Houseof Muskerry. The descendant of Daniel was created Earl of Clancare by Queen Elizabeth 1565; but as he died without legitimate male issue, his hounours died with him.  His last collateral male representative was Charles MacCarty More, an Officer in the Guards, who died 1770. The dwindled possess ons of this branch of the family became vested in his cousin Herbert of Muckruss. McCarty of Carrignavar is the chief of his name, and representative of the oldest existing branch of the once sovereign House of McCarty.  The first who bore the appeltative of McCarty, or son of Catagh, was the grandfather of Diarmod McCarty More, whom the English found in possession of Cork, and who swore fealty, gave hostages, and subjected his kingdom to Henry II. Diarmod was slaim by Theobald Butler, founder of the House of Ormonde in 1186. His successors were Donald Cormac Fionn, Donald Roe, Donald Oge, and Cormac, all of whom were distinguished as McCarty More (or Great), an adjunct continued in this senior branch until 1556, when Donald McCarty More, the 7th in descent from the eldest son of the last mentioned Cormac, was created Earl of Clancare in Kerry on resigning his estates to Queen Elizabeth, from whom he again received the investiture of them, “to hold of the Crown of England in the English manner.”  This stock of the McCarty More is extinct for more than a century; but the above Cormac More had a 2nd son, Dermond 1st feudal Lord of Muskerry, and founder of the potent house, who was killed by the O’Mahonys 1367. From his sprung in succession, as Lords of Muskerry, Teige-Cormac died 1374; Teige, 1448; Cormac Laidhir (the Stout) 1494; Cormac Oge Laidhir, who defeated the Earl of Desmond at the battle of Morne Abbey 1521, and died 1536; Teige died 1565; Dermod died 1570. His son, Cormac, Lord of Muskerry, had his residence at the Castle of Blarney and died 1616, leaving two sons 1) Cormac Oge, Lord of Muskerry, the 1st Viscount, as stated by some writers. He died in London 1640, leaving (with a daughter Elena, wife of John Power, ancestor of Frances Power, wife of Richard Trench of Garbally) a son, Donald, 1st Earl of Clancarty, whose male line is extinct.  2) Donald or Daniel. The 2nd son of Cormac, Donald or Daniel McCarty built the Castle of Carrignavar. His son by Katherine his wife a daughter of Stephen Meade, Charles (Cormac) McCarty, of Carrignavar married Catherine the daughter of David Roche, 7th Viscount Fermoy, and was succeeded at his decease by (the son of his son Daniel and Elizabeth Matthews his wife) his grandson, Charles McCarty, of Carrignavar, married Lucy the daughter of Morgan Kavanagh, of Borris but dying without issue 1761, he was succeeded by his nephew, Daniel McCary of Carrignavar (son of Daniel McCarty and Grace Fitzgerald his wife), married 1751 to Eliabeth Geraldina the daughter of Gerald, 24th Lord Kingsale, and had issue 1) Justin, d.s.p. 1775 2) Robert succeeded to his brother 3) Elizabeth married Maurice Uniacke Atkin, of Co. Cork. Mr. McCarty died 1763. His 2nd son, Robert McCarty of Carrignavar married 1784, Jane the daughter of Joseph Capel of Cloghroe and had issue 1) Justin his heir 2) Joseph died unm. 1821 3) Elizabeth married 1811, Joseph Deane Freemand, of Castlecor, Co. Cork.  Mr. McCarty died 1823. His son, Justin McCarty of Carrignavar, J.P. born March 19, 1786; married May 29, 1810 Isabella daughter of Caleb Falkiner, eldest son of Sir Riggs Falkiner, 1st Bart., by whom he had surviving issue, 1) Robert born April 14, 1811 married Elizabeth the daughter of John Hyde, of Castle Hyde, Co. Cork and died 1865, having had issue i) Justin ii)Florence iii) Bessy iv) Geraldine v) Marie and vi) Ellinor 2) Justin now of Carrignvar. 3) Frederick Caleb, M.D. married 1st 1845 to Frances Anne the daughter of John Samuel Beamish, of Mount Beamish; and 2nd Jane O’Drisocoll and died leaving by the latter one daughter Isabella de Courey. 4) Joseph (Rev.) Vicar of Wilton, Co. Cork late in the H.E.I.Co.’s Military Service married Mary Frances, the daughter of the Ven. William Thompson, Archdeacon of Cork, by whom he has several children. 5) Lydia married Lowther Forrest, H.E.I.C.S. 6) Jane married 1st Rev. Horace Townsend and 2nd 1845 William Barton Leslie of Court Macsherry, Co. Cork. 7) Isabella married Alexander Ross, H.E.I.C.S. 8) Elizabeth married George Pakenham and is dec.  9) Mary Geraldine married 1st Thomas Charles Morton, Barrister-at-Law and 2nd Jan. 2, 1858 William Brownrigg Elliott grandson of Gilbert 1st Baron Minto and has issue 10) Rose 11) Ellinor. He died 1864. Arms ~ Arg., a stag trippant gu., attired and enguled or. Crest ~ A dexter arm couped below the elbow erect, cloaked with mail arg., and hand holding up a newt, all ppr. Seat ~ Carrignavar, in the vicinity of Cork.

MACCARTHY-O’LEARY OF COOMLAGANE
John MacCarthy-O’Leary of Coomlagane, Co. Cork, Capt. S. Lancashire Regt. born June 30, 1881.
Lineage ~ Dermot McCarthy of Carhue and Dooneen, son (according to the family pedigree) of Donogh MacCarthy of Drishane married previous to 1635, Eleanor the daughter of Darby O’Callaghan, of Kilpeader, Co. Cork and by her was father of Donogh McDermot McCarthy, of Dooneen (mentioned in the will of his uncle, Cahir O’Callaghan dated 1679) married Jane Radley, of Knockrour, Co. Cork and had (with a son, Daniel, the father of Dermot and Justin) a son and successor, Denis McCarthy, of Dooneen born 1677 married Jane the daughter of J. Barrett of Barrett’s Country, and died June 24, 1761 aged 84, leaving issue (with four daughters, one of whom, Joan married Timothy McCarthy, of Lyradane), three sons. 1) Justin of whom hereafter.  2) Denis married Ellen the daughte of Daniel McCarthy and had issue, i)Denis ii) Charles iii) Mary iv) Catherine v) Jane. 3) Alexander, of Knocknagrae, Co. Cork born 1718 an Officer in Lord Clare’s Irish Brigade, in France, who fought in 1745 under the banner of the young Chevalier. He married Mary the daughter of Daniel Duggan, of Mount Infant, Co. Cork and died 1802, aged 84 leaving issue, i) Denis who had with other issue Florence of Crookhaven, father of Thomas of New York, Barrister-at-Law. ii) Florence, Capt. in the H.E.I.C.S. died 1778 iii) Daniel, Major in the Austrian Service died of wounds received at the taking of Dusseldorff by the French. iv) Justin, Capt. in the H.E.I.C.S. died in India 1788. v) Alexander of Cork born March 25, 1771 married Eliza daughter of Stephn Fagan, and by her (who died May 30, 1829) had (with junior issue) a son, Alexander born 1800, Barrister-at-Law M.P. for the city and afterward for the Co. of Cork, High Sheriff 1856; died unmarried   vi) Ellen married Denis Mahony of Islandaugher vii) Mary married Martin Lawlor of Killarney viii) Jane married 1st Mr. O’Driscoll and 2nd Capt. Coghlan of Crookhaven. The eldest son, Justin McCarthy, married 1730 Anne the daughter of Charles McCarthy of Lyradane, Co. Cork and had issue (with a daughter Jane), a son, Denis McCarthy, of Glynn, Co. Cork born 1731 married 1st 1770 Anne the daughter of Felix McCarthy of Springhouse, Co. Tipperary, and by her (who died 1780) had issue, 1) Denis of whom presently. 2) Ellen married Albert Stubbeman of Cork 3) Mary married Timothy Mahony of Cork. Mr. McCarthy married 2nd Helen only child of the O’Leary of Mill Street, who d.s.p., having devised the estates to her stepson, Denis McCarthy on condition of his assuming the name of O’Leary. Mr. McCarthy died 1824 and was succeeded by his son, Denis McCarthy O’Leary, of Coomlagane, born 1774; married 1812, Leonora the daughter of John Howley of Richill, Co. Limerick. She died 1832. He died Oct. 1829, leaving issue, 1) John of whom presently  2) Charles born 1817 married 1840 Kate the daughter of Daniel O’Connell of Kilgorey, Co. Clare and died 1893 leaving issue. 3) William 71st Highland L.I. born 181 died unmarried 1844. 4) Alexander died unmarried 1902. 5) Thomas died unmarried 6) Felix Joseph of Montenotte House, Co. Cork, J.P. Cos. Cork and Clare, formerly Resident Magistrate, born March 1829 married February 15, 1855, Maria the daughter of William Hodnett and has issue i) William Serle, Capt. Argentine Navy born Dec. 5, 1855 ii) Felix Denis Francis Lieut-Col. R.E., born Nov. 11, 1857 iii) Charles, Electrical Engineer born Nov. 1860 iv) Augustus, Executive Engineer, P.W.D., India born June 1865. v) Morgan John, Major R.F.A. born Nov. 25, 1867. 7) Emily married 1837, Maurice O’Connell of Kilgorey, Co. Clare, and died 1855 8) Anna died unmarried 1902. The eldest son, John McCarthy-O’Leary of Coomlagane, Co. Cork, J.P. Cos. Cork and Kerry, D.L. Co. Cork, High Sheriff 1854 born Sept. 19, 1814; married Oct. 29, 1839 Jane the eldest daughter of John O’Connell of Grenagh, Co. Kerry, and relict of O’Donoghue of the Glens.  She died March 15, 1897. He died 1896 having had issue, 1) John Arthur, late of the 34th Regt., born August 3, 1840; married March 4, 1869, at Brussels, La Cometesse Anna de Villegas de St. Pierre Jette and died 1870 leaving issue, John, India Forest Service born 1869. Madeline and Felicia. 2) Denis Charles, J.P. Barrister-at-Law born Oct. 1841 married 1874, Frances the daughter of John P. Rowe of Victoria; and died at Melbourne July 1886. 3) William late of Coomlagane 4) Maurice Charles born March 1854, Barrister, King’s Inns, 1881. 5) Elizabeth Mary 6) Leonora Mary died 1859. 7) Amy Jane died March 19, 1873 8) Lucinda, deceased. The 3rd son, Lieut-Col. William MacCarthy-O’Leary of Coomlagane, Co. Cork, J.P. , Lieut-Col. 1st Batt. S. Lancashire Regt., born Jan. 6, 1849; married July 2, 1878, Mary the daughter of Heffernan Considine, D.L., of Derk, Co. Limerick. He was killed in action at Pieter’s Hill, S. Africa, Feb, 27, 1900, leaving issue, 1) John, now of Coomlagane. 2) Heffernan William Denis, Lieut. Royal Irish Fusiliers, born 2 Aug. 1885. 3) William born April 9, 1894. 4) Mary Helen  5) Amy. Seat~Coomlagane, near Millstreet, Co. Cork.

DANIEL MCCARTHY OF IRELAND AND CHARLESTON, COLES COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Daniel McCarthy, retired farmer, and at present a resident of Charleston, was born on the other side of the Atlantic, in Ireland in 1829.  His parents, Patrick and Catherine (Shay) McCarthy, were natives of the same country, where they spent their entire lives. Patrick McCarthy was a farmer in easy circumstances, and the parental household included eight children, of whom but three are now living, namely, Cornelius a resident of Mattoon; Daniel of this sketch, and Jeremiah also a resident of Charleston.  Daniel attended school until fourteen years old during the winter season, while in summer his services were utilized on the farm. After reaching his majority, not being satisfied with his prospects in his native land, he boarded a sailing-vessel at Liverpool, and after a voyage of over five weeks, landed at New Orleans, Dec. 20, 1851. He remained in the Crescent City about six weeks, waiting to be joined by his brother, who had preceded him to America, and was employed on a steamboat on the Mississippi.  After they met, both proceeded up the river to Cincinnati, whence they made their way to Chillicothe, Ohio, working on the railroad, at which they continued until the fall of that year, and then returned to Cincinnati, where, however, they remained but a short time, going to Terre Haute, Ind., where they were employed first on the railroad and afterward in the Park House. In the spring of 1854, Mr. McCarthy, accompanied by his brother, came to Paris, Edgar County, and for five months thereafter they were employed on the I. & St. L.R.R.   Afterward they engaged on a farm east of the city of Charleston, and the following year were similarly employed near Mattoon and Charleston, in the latter a year. Mr. McCarthy although having no capital but his strong arms and his resolute will, decided to establish a home of his own, and was accordingly married in 1856 to Miss Mary Downey a native of his own country, and then a resident of Terre Haute, Ind. Mrs. McCarthy was the daughter of Daniel and Mary (O’Connor) Downey, and came with her parents to this country when a young woman. Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy became the twelve children, eight now living, namely, Michael, Jeremiah, James who married Miss Ella Kinney, Cornelius, Daniel, Katie, William and Ella.   Daniel McCarthy after his marriage, continued to work on the railroad, in the meantime living economically and saving what he could of his limited earnings. In 1858, he was enabled to obtain possession of a moderately sized farm near Seven Hickory Township, on which he remained four years with ordinary success. Soon afterward he purchased the tract of land in Seven Hickory Township, which in now included in his present farm. This land was unimproved when it came into his possession, and for several years he was industriously engaged in its cultivation, and in instituting those conveniences and improvements required by the modern and progressive farmer. He invested his surplus capital in more land, until he became the owner of 320 acres, upon which expended $2,000 in tiling alone.   Upon deciding to abandon the farm, he placed it in the hands of tenants and moved to a fine brick house on Washington Street, in Charleston, which he had purchased and which stand about two blocks from the county courthouse. Here, amid the society of his children and friends, he is passing his declining years, enjoying the reward of his early industry, and the respect of all who know him. While in Hickory Township he served as School Trustee and Superintendent of road work, and since becoming a naturalized citizen, has uniformly given his support to the Democratic party. He was born and reared in the Catholic Church, and with his wife still adheres to his early faith.

Early American Immigration and New World Settlers
William McCarthy, who landed in New England in 1729
Alexander McCarthy, recorded in the New York Colonial Muster Rolls in 1760
Florence McCarthy, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1808
Dennis McCarthy, who landed in New York in 1834
Justin McCarthy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
Jeremiah McCarthy, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
Robert N Emmett McCarthy, aged 35, who landed in Missouri in 1845

McCarthy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Mrs. Mary McCarthy U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 80 aboard the ship “HMS Clinton”, picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
Miss. Sarah McCarthy D. U.E. (b. 1773), aged 9 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 17 aboard the ship “HMS Clinton”, picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
Mr. Dennis McCarthy U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 382 aboard the ship “HMS Clinton”, picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
Mr. Isaiah McCarthy U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784

McCarthy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Dennis McCarthy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the “Agamemnon” on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Michael McCarthy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the “Argyle” on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia
Lawrence Cormac McCarthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Lady Lilford” in 1839
Ann Francis McCarthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Lady Lilford” in 1839
Mary Ann McCarthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Lady Lilford” in 1839
McCarthy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Julia McCARTHY, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
John McCARTHY, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
Joseph Michael McCarthy, aged 27, a shoemaker, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship “London” in 1842
Mary Ann McCarthy, aged 22, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship “London” in 1842
Margaret McCarthy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Telegraph” in 1863

Mottoes
Forti et fideli nihil difficile – Strong and faithful nothing hard
Ex arduis perpetnum nomen – From a severe perpetual name
Fortis feox et celer. – Fortunately fierce and celer
Lansh laidir a-busgh – Strong Lamb of the Buff.

Grantees
McCARTY. Virginia. Dennis McCarty, Norfolk, 1675. Argent, a stag trippant gules, attired and unguled or. CREST—A dexter arm in armor ppr. cuffed argent erect and couped at the wrist, holding in the hand a lizard, both also ppr. MOTTO—Forti et fideli nil difficile.
MacCARTHY-TENISON MacCarthy-Tenison, C, of Brisbane, Queensland, 1891, Vol. LXVI, fol. 131.
CARTHEY, Visc‘ of Muskery, Charles MacCarthy, 21 Sept. 1639, by T. Preston,Ulster K. of A., arms confirmed and supporters granted. Harl. MS. 1470,2; Grants II., 678.
McCARTHY (Chiefs of Carbery and Muskerry, Co. Cork, a powerful Irish Sept, descended from Cartach, King of Desmond prior to the English invasion, the Chief of which was styled THE McCARTHY MORE). Ar. a stag trippant, attired and unguled or.
McCARTHY (Earl of Clancare and Viscount Valentia, extinct; DONOGE McCARTY MORE, seventh in descent from CORMAC MORE McCARTHY, was so created 1556, d.s.p.m.). Ar. a stag trippant gu. attired and unguled or.
McCARTHY (Earl of Clancarly and Viscount Muskerry, attained 1690; CORMAC OGE McCARTHY, of Blarney, descended from DERMOT McCARTY, second son of CORMAC MORE McCARTHY, was created a viscount, 1628; his son second viscount, was created an earl, 1658).  Same Arms. Crest – A dexter arm in armour ppr. cuffed ar. erect and couped at the wrist, holding the hand a lizard both also ppr. Supporters- Two angels ppr. vested ar. habited gu. winged or, each holding in the exterior hand a shield, thereon a human head affrontee erased.  Motto-Forti et fideli nihil difficile. Another motto, borne by DERMOT McCARTHY, Viscount Muskerry -.
McCARTHY (Carrignavar, Co. Cork; the present male representative of the CLAN CARTHY descended from DONEL McCARTHY, who built Carrignavar, brother of CORMAC OGE McCARTHY, father of the first Viscount Muskerry).  Same Arms. Crest-A dexter arm in mail ar. holding in the hand a lizard both ppr.
McCARTHY (McCarthy-Reagh, the second Sept in order of the CLAN CARTY, descended from DONEL GOD McCARTHY, second son of DONEL MORE McCARTHY, THE McCARTHY MORE.  The chief of this Sept was known as THE McCARTHY REAGH). Same Arms. Crest- A dexter arm erect, couped at the elbow, vested az. cuffed ar. holding in the hand ppr. a lizard vert. Motto-Fortis feox et celer.
McCARTHY (Springhouse, Co. Tipperary; descended from THE McCARTHY REAGH; allowed by Hawkins, Ulster, 1772).  Same Arms. Crest-A dexter arm erect, couped at the elbow, vested az. cuffed ar. holding in the hand a lizard both ppr.  Motto- Fortis ferox et celer.
McCARTHY (Kilbrittain and Rupella, Co. Cork; allowed by Hawkins, Ulster, 1767, to CHARLES McCARTHY, Knight of St. Louis, Captain in the French Navy, descended from THE McCARTHY REAGH). Same Arms and Crest.
MacCARTHY GLAS (Gleannacroim, Co. Cork, “the Slught Ferlimy” or race of Felim, descended from CORMAC DONN, younger son of DONAL CAOMH, Chief of Carberry, A.D. 1311; of the family MacCARTHY GLAS was the late SIR CHARLES MACCARTHY, Governor of Ceylon, and to it belongs the present FLORENCE MacCARTHY, Esq. of West Down House, North Devon). Same Arms & Crest.
MacCARTHY (MacCarthy Lerage; allowed by Bethain, Ulster to Lieut-Col. CHARLES MacCARTHY, Lieut-Governor of the Island of Senegal, 1812; descended from DONEL MacCARTHY LERAGH, Esq. of Manshie, temp. James I. Erm. a stag tirppant gu. attired and unguled or. Crest- Out of a ducal coronet or, an arm embowed, vested az. cuffed ar. the hand holding a lizard ppr.  Motto- Lansh laidir a-busgh

Notables
Andrew C. McCarthy, attorney and columnist
Andrew McCarthy (born 1962), actor
Arch McCarthy, former Major League Baseball player
Benni McCarthy, South African footballer
Brandon McCarthy, U.S. baseball pitcher
Calvin McCarty (born 1984), Canadian football running back
Carolyn McCarthy (born 1944), U.S. congresswoman
Charles MacCarthy, Irish-born soldier who served in the French, Dutch and British armies, 1764–1824
Charles MacCarthy, soldier in French and later English service, d. 1665
Claire McCarthy (born 1976), marathon runner
Clem McCarthy (1882–1962), American sports announcer
Con McCarthy (rugby league), rugby league footballer of the 1910s for New Zealand, and Hawke’s Bay
Cormac MacCarthy, Lord of Muskerry, Irish noble, d. 1536
Cormac MacCarthy, Viscount Muskerry and Baron of Blarney, son of Sir Cormac MacCarthy, d. 1640
Cormac McCarthy (born 1933), Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist
Dalton McCarthy (1836–1898), Canadian lawyer and politician
Daniel T. McCarty (1912–53), American politician
Darren McCarty (born 1972), Canadian hockey player
David McCarty (American football) (born 1987), American football player
David McCarty (born 1969), American baseball player
Dax McCarty (born 1987), American soccer player
Denis Florence MacCarthy, Irish poet, translator, and biographer, 1818–1882
Dennis McCarthy (composer) (born 1945), composer of film scores
Desmond MacCarthy, English critic, 1878–1952
Dominic McCarthy (1892–1975), Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross
Don McCarthy (1955–2018), British entrepreneur
Donagh MacCarthy, Viscount Muskerry and Earl of Clancarty, son of Sir Cormac MacCarthy, d. 1665
Donough MacCarthy, 4th Earl of Clancarty, grandson of Donough MacCarthy, Viscount Muskerry, 1670–1734
Douglas McCarthy, singer in Nitzer Ebb
Earl McCarthy (born 1969), Irish freestyle swimmer
Ellis McCarthy (born 1994), American football player
Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005), U.S. congressman and senator
Fabian “Fabe” McCarthy (born 1919), Australian rugby union player
Florence MacCarthy, Irish prince, 1563–1640
Garry McCarthy (born 1959), American police administrator in Newark and Chicago
Glenn McCarthy (1907–1988), American oil tycoon and businessman
Harry McCarthy, variety entertainer, wrote “The Bonnie Blue Flag” in 1861
Henry “Billy the Kid” McCarty (died 1881), American outlaw
Jenny McCarthy (born 1972), American anti-vaccine activist and former Playboy model and actress
Jim McCarty (born 1943), English pop/rock musician
Jim McCarty (guitarist) (born 1947), American blues/rock musician
Joe McCarthy (manager) (1887–1978), Hall of Fame baseball manager
John McCarthy (composer) (born 1961), composer of film scores
John McCarty (New York) (1782–1851), New York politician
John McCarty (fl. 1880s), American baseball player
Joseph McCarthy (1908–1957), U.S. senator
Justin MacCarthy, Viscount Mountcashel, younger son of Donough MacCarthy, Viscount Muskerry, d. 1694
Kevin McCarthy (California politician), U.S. congressman (2007–present)
Kevin McCarthy (actor) (1914–2010), American film actor
Leon McCarty (1888–1962), American college sports coach
Liam Trant MacCarthy, modern representative of the dynasty, 1957–
Luther McCarty (1892–1913), American heavyweight boxer
Maclyn McCarty (1911–2005), American geneticist
Margaret McCarthy, Irish-American migrant
Mary McCarty (1931–2009), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
Melissa McCarthy, actress
Mick McCarthy (born 1959), football player and manager (former manager of Republic of Ireland)
Mike McCarthy (American football) (born 1963), NFL coach
Nicholas Tuite MacCarthy, renowned Jesuit Preacher, 1769–1833
Nobu McCarthy (1934–2002), actress
Paul McCarthy, American contemporary artist
Pete McCarthy (1952–2004), pen name of Peter Charles Robinson, British broadcaster and travel writer
Peter McCarthy (industrialist) (1845 – 1919), American industrialist and philanthropist
Rachel McCarthy, poet, critic and broadcaster
Robert MacCarty, Viscount Muskerry, Irish Royal Navy officer and colonial administrator, 1685–1769
Rory McCarthy, holder of two aviation world records, former business partner of Sir Richard Branson, founder co founder of Wagamama.
Shaun Lloyd McCarthy (1928-2000), aka Desmond Cory, novelist, screen-play writer
Sir Cormac MacCarthy, great-grandson of Cormac MacCarthy, Lord of Muskerry, d. 1616
Steve McCarthy (boxer), British boxer
Steve McCarthy (ice hockey), Canadian hockey player
Ted McCarty (1910–2001), American electric guitar maker
Thaddeus McCarthy (1455–1492), Irish bishop
Thaddeus McCarthy (jurist) (1907–2001), New Zealand jurist
Tim McCarthy, US Secret Service agent injured in a President Reagan assassination attempt
Tom McCarthy (broadcaster), radio play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets on WFAN 660 in New York
Tom McCarthy (novelist), English novelist
Tommy McCarthy (1863–1922), Hall of Fame baseball outfielder
Walter McCarty (born 1974), American basketball player
William C. McCarthy (1820-1900), mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1875–1878
William M. McCarty (ca. 1789-1863), American politician

American Revolution Veterans
Bren McCarthy, New York, Rank of Corporal
Damis McCarthy, New York, Rank of Private
Daniel McCarthy, New York, Rank of Fifer
Dennis McCarthy, New York, Rank of Private
Duncan McCarthy, Virginia, Rank of Private
Edward McCarthy, Virginia, Rank of Sergeant
George McCarthy, Pennsylvania, Rank of Private
Isaac McCarthy, New York, Rank of Private
Jeremiah McCarthy, Pennsylvania, Rank of Private
John McCarthy, New Hampshire, Rank of Private
John McCarthy, New Hampshire, Rank of Private
Maser McCarthy, New York, Rank of Private
Nicholas McCarthy, Virgina, Rank of Sergeant
Nick McCarthy, Virginia, Rank of Sergeant
Timothy McCarthy, Rhode Island, Rank of Ensign

Civil War Veterans
Abram McCarthy, 7th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, Union, Indiana
Albert J. McCarthy, 22nd Battalion, Georgia Heavy Artillery, Confederate, Georgia
Alexander McCarthy, 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union, Illinois
Alfred McCarthy, 1st Battalion, Mississippi Mounted Rifles, Union, Mississippi
Alvin K. McCarthy, 22nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry (185th Volunteers), Union, Pennsylvania
Amos McCarthy, 106th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Anderson McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Local Troops Augusta), Confederate, Georgia
Andrew McCarthy, 12th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Union, Vermont
Arthur McCarthy, 38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union, Illinois
Barney McCarthy, 21st Regiment, Connecticut, Union, Connecticut
Barrett McCarthy, 20th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Union, Connecticut
Bartholomew McCarthy, 21st Regiment, New York Cavalry, Union, New York
Bartly McCarthy, 47th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Confederate, Georgia
Benjamin McCarthy, 6th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Union, Ohio
Bryan McCarthy, 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union, Illinois
Calahan McCarthy, 15th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, Confederate, Tennessee
Callaghan McCarthy, 57th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry, Union, Massachusetts
Carlton McCarthy, L.F. Jones’ Company, Virginia Artillery (2nd Company, Richmond Howitzers), Confederate, Virginia
Charles McCarthy, 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Confederate, Alabama
Cicero McCarthy, 16th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Union, Indiana
Cornelius McCarthy, 2nd Regiment, California Infantry, Union, California
Dan McCarthy, 15th Regiment, US Infantry (Regular Army), Union, Union Regular Army
Daniel McCarthy, Tucker’s Regiment, Confederate Infantry, Confederate, Confederate Troops
David McCarthy, 5th Regiment, New Jersey Infantry, Union, New Jersey
Davis McCarthy, 3rd Regiment, US Artillery (Regular Army), Union, Union Regular Army
Denis McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Connecticut Cavalry, Union, Connecticut
Dennis McCarthy, 1st Regiment, California Infantry, Union, California
Don McCarthy, 12th Regiment, US Infantry (Regular Army), Union, Union Regular Army
Donald J. McCarthy, 3rd Regiment, New Jersey Cavalry, Union, New Jersey
Ed McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Texas Infantry, Confederate, Texas
Edward McCarthy, 13th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Union, Connecticut
Edwin McCarthy, 48th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Union, Indiana
Elias McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Union, Michigan
Elijah McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Union, Michigan
Elisha McCarthy, Wheaton’s Company, Georgia Artillery (Chatham Artillery), Confederate, Georgia
Emet H. McCarthy, 9th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry, Confederate, Louisiana
Eugene McCarthy, 70th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Union, Indiana
Felix McCarthy, 69th Regiment, New York State Militia, Union, New York
Fenton McCarthy, 136th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Florance McCarthy, 13th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Union, Ohio
Flury McCarthy, 24th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Union, New York
Fones McCarthy, 9th Regiment, Florida Infantry, Confederate, Florida
Francis McCarthy, 6th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Union, Connecticut
Frank McCarthy, 3rd Regiment, Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Union, Massachusetts
Frederick McCarthy, 55th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Garrett McCarthy, 1st Regiment, New York Cavalry, Union, New York
Geoffrey McCarthy, 36th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Woods’), Confederate, Texas
George McCarthy, 2nd Regiment, New Jersey Infantry, Union, New Jersey
Harvey McCarthy, 151st Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, Union, Pennsylvania
Henry McCarthy, 30th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry, Union, Massachusetts
Horatio McCarthy, Pritchard’s Company, Georgia Light Artillery (Washington Artillery), Confederate, Georgia
Hugh McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Monroe’s), Confederate, Arkansas
Isaac McCarthy, 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (McCreary’s)(1st Provisional Army), Confederate, South Carolina
James McCarthy, 45th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Confederate, Alabama
Jere McCarthy, 5th Regiment, US Volunteer Infantry, Union, Union Volunteers
Jeremiah McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Colorado Cavalry, Union, Colorado Territory
Jerry McCarthy, 22nd Consolidated Regiment, Louisiana Infantry, Confederate, Louisiana
Jesse McCarthy, 3rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Union, Pennsylvania
Jno. W. McCarthy, Benton Cadets, Missouri Infantry, Union, Missouri
John McCarthy, Gorff’s Company, Alabama (Mobile Pulaski Rifles), Confederate, Alabama
Jordon McCarthy, 124th Regiment, United States Colored Union Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Joseph McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Florida Cavalry, Union, Florida
Joshua McCarthy, Hilliard’s Legion, Alabama Volunteers, Confederate, Alabama
Josiah McCarthy, 139th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (National Guard), Union, Ohio
Julian McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Virginia Artillery, Confederate, Virginia
Justin McCarthy, 2nd Regiment, California Infantry, Union, California
Laughlin McCarthy, 9th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, Union, New York
Lawrence McCarthy, 2nd Regiment, Massachusetts Cavalry, Union, Massachusetts
Lemuel McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery, Union, Indiana
Lewis McCarthy, 74th Regiment, New York Infantry National Guard, Union, New York
Louis McCarthy, Headquarters Troops, Department of the Gulf, Louisiana, Union, Louisiana
Marion McCarthy, 22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union, Illinois
Martin McCarthy, 11th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, Union, Ohio
Mathew McCarthy, US Rifles (Regular Army), Union, Union Regular Army
Maurice McCarthy, General and Staff Officers, Non-Regimental Enlisted Men, CSA, Confederae, Confederate Troops
Mich. McCarthy, 164th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Michael McCarthy, 34th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry, Union, Kentucky
Miles McCarthy, 3rd Regiment, Rhode Island Cavalry, Union, Rhode Island
Milton McCarthy, 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry, Union, Kentucky
Mountford McCarthy, 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Union, Wisconsin
Nathan McCarthy, 4th Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Union, Michigan
Neal McCarthy, Kevill’s Company, Virginia Artillery, Confederate, Virginia
Nelson McCarthy, 27th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Union, Michigan
Noel McCarthy, 28th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry (Gray’s), confederate, Louisiana
Oman McCarthy, 35th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Confederate, North Carolina
Pat Mccarthy, 38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Confederate, Alabama
Patrick McCarthy, 6th Battalion, District of Columbia Infantry, Union, District of Columbia
Peter McCarthy, 79th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Phillip McCarthy, 2nd Regiment, Union, Michigan
Richard McCarthy, 9th Regiment, Confederate Infantry, Confederate, Confederate Troops
Robert McCarthy, 1st Battalion, Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Union, Massachusetts
Russell McCarthy, 83rd Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Samuel McCarthy, 13th Battalion, Virgina Light Artillery, Confederate, Virginia
Shaw McCarthy, 2nd Regiment, Maryland Infantry, Union, Maryland
Simon McCarthy, 99th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Stephen McCarthy, Confederate States, Zouave Battalion, Louisiana, Confederate, Louisiana
Terrance McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Washington Infantry, Union, Washington Territory
Thomas McCarthy, Kanapaux’s company, South Carolina Light Artillery (Lafayette Artillery), Confederate, South Carolina
Timothy McCarthy, 1st Regiment, Maine Infantry, Union, Maine
Walter McCarthy, 23rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union, Illinois
Wesley McCarthy, 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, Confederate, Arkansas
William McCarthy, 5th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Union, Connecticut

Mccarthy Coat of Arms Meaning

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