Tracing your Irish ancestry – The O’Flaherty Clan

Fun facts and history behind your Irish family name.

Irish derivation: Flaithbhertaig.

Name meaning: "Bright leader."

Counties associated with the name: Galway, also Kerry and Clare.

Coat of arms motto: “Fortuna Favet Fortibus,” or fortune favors the brave.

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Interesting facts:

 - For 400 years, the O'Flahertys held Connacht with such dominance that in 1585 the Englishman Sir John Perrot referred to it as "O'Fflahertyes Contrey" in his history of the area.

Some famous O’Flahertys:

 - Robert J Flaherty (1884-195, First commercially successful documentary maker)

 - Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900, the full name of Oscar Wilde writer, extraordinaire)

 - Liam O’Flaherty (1896-1984, Irish Renaissance writer)

Read more: What’s your Irish clan?