Houraghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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 Houraghan is O hArgain.

Early Origins of the Houraghan family

The surname Houraghan was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were part of the main tribe in prehistoric times, known as the Corca Laoidhe.

Important Dates for the Houraghan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houraghan research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1715, 1849, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Houraghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Houraghan Spelling Variations

Numerous spelling variations of the surname Houraghan exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Horgan, O'Horgan, Horgon, Hourigan, Horrigan, O'Hourigan, O'Horrigan, Arragan, O'Arragan, Aragan, Harrigan, O'Harrigan and many more.

Early Notables of the Houraghan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Houraghan family

Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Houraghan were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists: John Horgon, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1853; Michael and Mary Horgan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1847; John Horgan settled in Frederick Co. Maryland in 1798.

Contemporary Notables of the name Houraghan (post 1700)

  • Brenda Houraghan, British politician for Broadheath, an electoral ward of Trafford, Greater Manchester (2004-2011)

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