The Rafferty Family

Rafferty family crest

(Crest No. 159. Plate 22.)

THE Rafferty family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Fiacha, ancestor of the Southern Hy Nials and son of Nial of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A. D. 379. The ancient name was Ragbheartach and signifies “The Stubborn.” The possessions of the clan were located in the present County of Donegal.