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About the study
Welcome to the Carragher-Carraher-Caraher-Caragher Family Tree, History & DNA Project. Officially registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies as "Carragher" with variants Caraher and Carraher since 2009.
Having been bitten by the genealogy "bug", I've worked extensively on my own family tree and history. Because I have had the website carragher.net since the late 1990s, I've been lucky enough to have communicated with many people all over the world as others searching for "Carragher" would find me. Since then, I have been collecting data on Carragher and all variants.
The Carragher surname shares a common heritage from Counties Monaghan, Armagh and Louth in Ireland. For family tree connections, visit carragherfamily.org for more info.
I also maintain a page on Facebook for easy discussion of research and news:
Registered: Carragher, Caraher, Carraher. Not registered but studying: Caragher, McCarragher, Carrigher, etc.
Using the 1910 & 1911 censuses from Ireland, the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and Wales, there were 2100 persons counted. The count by variant: Carragher (694), Carraher (574), Caraher (556), Caragher (149), McCarragher (67), Carrigher (21), Carriger (11), McCaragher (11), McCarraher (10), etc.
The Carragher surname shares a common heritage from Counties Monaghan, Armagh and Louth in Ireland. According to multiple references, Carragher is the anglicization of MacFearchair (meaning 'dear man') and is an old kingdom of Oriel family name.
Multiple surnames have the Gaelic 'MacFearchair' origin - Farquhar, Farragher, etc. Are we connected? I hope to find out through research and DNA analysis.
Historical occurrences of the name
Distribution of the name
Y-DNA tests can be used to show relationships amongst a surname. The Carragher and variants surname project is listed with Family Tree DNA. More volunteers are needed. Tests may be free as money has been donated.