Origin of the Name Gogerty
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Gogerty
include Gogarty and O'Gogarty. This name in Irish is MagFhogartaigh and the latter variants are the anglicized form of this. This sept came from South Ulster .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
They were an independent sept and were located in the Counties of Louth, Meath and Monaghan. The earliest reference to the name was recorded in the ancient text 'The Four Masters' in the death of Ruaidhri Mac Fogartaigh, Lord of south Breagh, in Meath, in the year 1027, he being the eponymous ancestor of the family. The name is again found in records in 1647 when a Patrick Gogarty was recorded as a soldier in Colonel Bagly's regiment. The best known of the sept was Oliver Saint John Gogarty, 1878-1957, the renowned physician and poet.
The Gogerty 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 Gogerty descendants.