Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland
from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Harrand as O hOdhrain, which is derived from the word odhar, which means dun-colored.
Early Origins of the Harrand family
The surname Harrand was first found in County Galway
(Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht
, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. This distinguished tribe was descended from Eochy Moyvane who was the 124th monarch of Ireland
, and from whom was descended King Niall of the Nine Hostages. King Niall was perhaps Ireland's greatest Commander King who was instrumental in routing the Romans
from the British Isles. This group of tribes were known as the Septs of the Hy-Niall, and they were Chiefs of the territories in Ulster
, Meath and Connacht.
Early History of the Harrand family
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Harrand Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
of the name Harrand dating from that time include Haren, Horan, Harhan, Haran, O'Horan, O'Hourahan, O'Horahan, O'Haren, O'Harhan, O'Haran, O'Hanran and many more.
Early Notables of the Harrand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harrand family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Harrand or a variant listed above: Edward Horan who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Michael, Eliza and Michael Horan junior landed in Quebec in 1848; John, Michael and Simon Horan settled in New York state between 1803 and 1811.
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