Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Haggans is O hAgain, which was earlier rendered as O hOgain. Traditionally, the name means young.
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of
from ancient times.
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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 Haggans were encountered in the archives: Hagan, Hegan, Hagen, O'Hagan and others.
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 Haggans name: Agnes Hagan settled in New England
in 1802; Alexander, Bernard, Charles, Henry, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Hagan all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..