Origin of the Name Garrity
The origin of the name Garrity
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Garrity include Geraghty and Geretty. There are no less than seventeen different synonyms of this name in English, including McGerity, Gearty, Jerety, Enright and even Erraught. The original Gaelic form of the name was O'Roduibh, taken from Oireachtach O'Roduibh who lived in the twelfth century. The Sept were of the Hy Many and were located in County Roscommon and in County Galway in O'Kelly's country. The Chief of the Name, called McGiriaght in the 'Composition Book of Connacht', was seated in the barony of Athlone in 1585. An analysis of the present population distribution indicates that, apart from the main urban centres, bearers of the name are mainly found in County Galway . Enright is an anglicized variant from the the Irish form of Geraghty, MacOireachtaigh. The Gaelic word 'oireachtach' from which these names are taken means 'assembly'. The Irish Parliament is known as the 'Oireachtas'.
The Garrity coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Garrity descendants.