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This notable surname, chiefly found in the Province of Ulster, is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O'(Fh)laithbheartaigh" or "MacFhlaithbheartaigh". Traditionally, Irish family names are taken from the heads of tribes, or some illustrious warrior, and are usually prefixed by "O", grandson, male descendant of, or "mac", son of. In this instance, the personal name "Flaighbheartach" is composed of the elements "flaith", prince, ruler, and "beartach", doer of valiant deeds, which points to the noble origins of the clan.

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Mainly found in Ulster. Other spellings of the Lafferty clan include - Laverty, Laferty, and Laherty. The Irish translation, Laifeartaigh, means prince, ruler and noble. Lord of Elagh in county Donegal was the Chief of the Lafferty or Laverty tribe. He was described as the most worthy heir of Tyrone. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of OLaherty, which was dated circa 1560, in the Elizabethian Fiant Litterae Patentes, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England, known as Good Queen Bess, 1558 - 1603.

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