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O'hara Surname 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.


Early Origins of the O'hara family


The surname O'hara was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the O'hara family


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O'hara Spelling Variations


During the Middle Ages a name was spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name O'hara family name. Variations found include Hara, Harra, O'Hara and others.

Early Notables of the O'hara family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the O'hara family to the New World and Oceana


Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the O'hara family name:

O'hara Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles O'Hara, who settled in Boston in 1716
  • Ann O'Hara, an English convict sent to Rappahannock, Virginia in 1740
  • David O'Hara, who was naturalized in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1783

O'hara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward O'Hara, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Charles, Daniel, Francis, James, John, Martin, Michael, Patrick, and Thomas O'Hara, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1810 and 1870

O'hara Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry O'Hara, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thirteen" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif
  • Joseph O'Hara, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COUNTESS OF YARBOROUGH 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850CountessYarborough.htm
  • Pat. O'Hara, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  • Honora O'Hara, aged 26, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Margaret O'Hara, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'hara Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Bryan O'Hara, (b. 1806), aged 41, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Catherine O'Hara, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. Patrick O'Hara, (b. 1833), aged 14, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • P. O'Hara, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Josephine Willis" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1855 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Ann O'Hara, (b. 1812), aged 44, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name O'hara (post 1700)


  • Michael Futch O'Hara (1932-2018), American gold medalist volleyball player at the 1964 Summer Olympics and silver medalist at the 1963 Pan American Games
  • Quinn O'Hara (1941-2017), born Alice Jones, Scottish-born American actress, known for her roles in A Swingin' Summer and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
  • Patricia Joanne "Jenny" O'Hara (b. 1942), American film, television and stage actress
  • Terrence O'Hara, American Hugo Award nominated film, television director and actor
  • Kelli O'Hara (b. 1976), American four-time Tony Award nominated stage actress, singer, and songwriter
  • Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara (1926-1966), American writer, poet and art critic, member of the New York School of poetry, posthumous recipient of the 1972 National Book Award for Poetry
  • Jamie O'Hara (b. 1950), American country music singer
  • Paige O'Hara (b. 1956), born Donna Paige Helmintoller, an American actress, singer, and painter, known for her voice-over work on Beauty and the Beast (1991), Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) and Enchanted (2007)
  • Kelley Maureen O'Hara (b. 1988), American Olympic soccer gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • John Henry O'Hara (1905-1970), American novelist and short story author
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the O'hara family



Flight TWA 800

  • Mr. John Joseph O'Hara (1957-1996), from Irvington, New York, USA, American executive producer of ABC Sport flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  • Miss. Caitlin Marie O'Hara (1983-1996), from Irvington, New York, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  • Mrs. Janet Schmitz O'Hara (1957-1996), from Irvington, New York, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm

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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COUNTESS OF YARBOROUGH 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850CountessYarborough.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm


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