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Where did the Scottish Hehir family come from? When did the Hehir family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hehir family history?

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the Hehir family. Their name comes from Ir. O'hlr means descendant of Ir.

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Many spelling variations of Hehir have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Hare, Hair, Hehir, Hehr, Heher and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hehir research. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1760, 1775, 1792, 1795, 1834, 1842, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Hehir History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 46 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hehir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hehir family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hehir family emigrate to North America: James and Susan Hare, who settled in Virginia in 1635; as did James Haire in 1642; John Hare, who arrived in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1679.

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