Ohare History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Ohare has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as Mag Fhearadhaigh, derived from the word "fearadhach," possibly meaning "manly."
Early Origins of the Ohare family
The surname Ohare was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Ohare family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ohare research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1667 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Ohare History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ohare Spelling Variations
Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Ohare family name include Garry, Garrihy, Hare, O'Hare, O'Heihir, MacGarry and others.
Early Notables of the Ohare family (pre 1700)
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Ohare migration to the United States +
In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Ohare:
Ohare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Barbason O'Hare, who arrived in Boston in 1770
Ohare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bernard O'Hare, who settled in New York, NY in 1817
- Anne O'Hare, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849
Ohare migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ohare Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James O'Hare, who settled in Canada in 1817
- John O'Hare, aged 27, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
Ohare migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Ohare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary O'Hare, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" 
- Mary O'Hare, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 
- Jane O'Hare, aged 22, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
- Matthew O'Hare, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"
- Michael O'Hare, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ohare (post 1700) +
- Commander Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare (1914-1943), American World War II flying ace who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, eponym of O'Hare airport in Chicago 
- Brigadier-General Joseph James O'Hare (1893-1961), American Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Staff (G-1), War Department General Staff (1946-1947) 
- Michael O'Hare (1952-2012), American actor, best known for playing Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in the science fiction television series Babylon 5
- Joseph A. O'Hare (b. 1931), American Jesuit priest, New York City civic leader and editor
- Jim O'Hare (b. 1941), American theatrical scenic and costume designer
- Kate Richards O'Hare (1877-1948), prominent American Socialist anti-war activist during World War I
- Damian O'Hare (b. 1977), American film actor
- Edward Butch O'Hare, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 7 aerial victories
- Patrick O'Hare (1849-1917), Irish politician
- Tom O'Hare (b. 1942), retired Northern Irish sportsperson
- ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the Ohare family +
- Mr. Patrick T O'Hare, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking 
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The Ohare Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fear garbh ar mait
Motto Translation: Here is a good rough man.