Statistics show that the name O' Flaherty is still most numerous and common in their original habitat in County Galway, than elsewhere in Ireland. The same name is found in Ulster, but there the initial F is silent producing the name O' Laverty and O' Laherty. The name comes from flaitheamh meaning 'prince' or 'ruler' and beartach meaning 'acting' or 'behaving'. One translation of these phrases is 'hospitable' or 'generous'.
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