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

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Ohagan is O hAgain, which was earlier rendered as O hOgain. Traditionally, the name means young.

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The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Ohagan were encountered in the archives: Hagan, Hegan, Hagen, O'Hagan and others.

First found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ohagan research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1612 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Ohagan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ohagan 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 Ohagan name:

Ohagan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Brid. O'Hagan, aged 16, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1893

Ohagan Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Bridget O'Hagan, aged 17, who landed in America from Tyrone, in 1900
  • Dannie O'Hagan, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Neury, Ireland, in 1906
  • Elizabeth O'Hagan, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from O'Meath, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bernard O'Hagan, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Felix O'Hagan, aged 23, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910


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  • Patrick Henry "Hal" O'Hagan (1869-1913), American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Thomas O'Hagan (1812-1885), Lord Chancellor of Ireland
  • Martin O'Hagan (1950-2001), Irish investigative journalist assassinated as a result of his work
  • John O'Hagan (1822-1890), Irish lawyer and writer
  • Charles O'Hagan (1881-1931), former Irish professional association football forward and manager
  • Andrew O'Hagan (b. 1968), Scottish writer and novelist
  • John Francis "Jack" O'Hagan (1898-1987), Australian musician


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  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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  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 Ohagan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ohagan 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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