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Where did the Irish Hourigan family come from? What is the Irish Hourigan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hourigan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hourigan family history?While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, many Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name Hourigan is O hArgain.
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Hourigan that are preserved in documents of the family history are Horgan, O'Horgan, Horgon, Hourigan, Horrigan, O'Hourigan, O'Horrigan, Arragan, O'Arragan, Aragan, Harrigan, O'Harrigan and many more.
First found in County Cork, where they were part of the main tribe in prehistoric times, known as the Corca Laoidhe.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hourigan research. Another 308 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1715, 1849, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Hourigan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hourigan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Hourigan:
Hourigan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hourigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hourigan 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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