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

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Haggerty family in Ireland was O hEigceartaigh, which is derived from the word eigceartach, which means unjust.

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The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Haggerty revealed spelling variations, including Haggarty, Haggerty, Hagarty, Hagherty, Haggety, Hagerty, Hegarty, O'Haggarty and many more.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haggerty research. Another 388 words(28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haggerty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Haggerty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Haggerty name: Anthony, Charles, Daniel, Edward Hagarty all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; along with Charles, Christy, Daniel, John, Michael, William Haggerty. In Newfoundland, Michael Hagerty was a fisherman in Quidi Vidi in 1785.

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  • Patrick Eugene Haggerty, American Engineer
  • Dan Haggerty (b. 1941), American bodybuilder, animal trainer, and actor
  • Don Haggerty (1914-1988), American film actor
  • Pat Haggerty (d. 1994), American football official in the NFL
  • Pat Haggerty (b. 1983), American professional soccer player
  • Ancer Lee Haggerty (b. 1944), Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Gareth Haggerty (b. 1981), British rugby league player
  • Joan Haggerty (b. 1940), Canadian novelist
  • Ray Haggerty (b. 1923), Canadian politician who served in the Legislative Assembly
  • Ed Haggerty, English prospector from Whitehaven, England who established the Rudefeha Mine, Wyoming on a rich deposit of copper ore was found in 1897 which would later be named The Ferris-Haggerty Mine Site


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec flectitur nec mutant
Motto Translation: They neither bend nor change.

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  2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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The Haggerty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haggerty 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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