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Where did the Irish Hogan family come from? What is the Irish Hogan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hogan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hogan family history?

There are a multitude of ancient meanings and variations associated with the Irish surnames that are now common throughout the modern world. The original Gaelic form of the name Hogan is Ó hÓgáin, meaning a descendant of Ógán’, a personal name derived from the Irish Gaelic word "og," which means "young."


Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Hogan revealed many variations, including Hogan, O'Hogan, Hogen, Hoggin and others.

First found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster where one of the first records of the name was Mathew O'Hogan a native of Ballyhogan and Dean of Killaloe who died in 1281. He held the position from 1267 until his death when he was interred in the Dominican convent at Limerick. Thus began the long line of O'Hogans who held lofty positions in the church. His successor was Maurice O'Hogan, who was consecrated in 1282 and governed his see for seventeen years until his death. Thomas O'Hogan, canon of Killaloe was consecrated bishop of the see in 1343 until his death in 1354.


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Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Hogan:

Hogan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Mohan Hogan, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Peirce Hogan, who arrived in Maryland in 1677
  • Tary Hogan, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Hogan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Hogan, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Daniel Hogan, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Morgan Hogan, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Michael Hogan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Sebastian Hogan settled in New England in 1764

Hogan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hogan, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Robert Hogan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1830
  • Sebastian Hogan, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • James Hogan, aged 25, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1838
  • Ann Hogan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • William Ben Hogan (1912-1997), American golfer, and is generally considered one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game
  • Clarence Lester Hogan (1920-2008), American physicist and a pioneer in microwave and semiconductor technology
  • John Paul Hogan PhD (b. 1919), American research chemist inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2001
  • Moses George Hogan (1957-2003), African-American composer and arranger of choral music
  • Blaine Hogan (b. 1980), American actor
  • David Hogan (1949-1996), American composer and choir director
  • Heather Hogan (b. 1985), American voice actor
  • Henry Hogan (1840-1916), American Army soldier, twice recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Inez Hogan (1895-1973), American author and book illustrator
  • Jack Hogan (b. 1929), American actor



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The Hogan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hogan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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