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Where did the Irish O'Hara family come from? What is the Irish O'Hara family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Hara family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Hara family history?Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Hara is O hEaghra, connoting a descendant of Eaghra. O'Hara is a patronymic surname, which derived from the vernacular given name tradition.
Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname O'Hara are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Hara, Harra, O'Hara and others.
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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 O'Hara:
O'Hara Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
O'Hara Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Virtute et claritate
Motto Translation: By virtue and high repute.
The O'Hara Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Hara 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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