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Many Irish surnames can be traced back to their Gaelic forms. The name Ahearn originally appeared in Gaelic as O hEachthigheirn or O hEachthigheirna, made up of the words "each" meaning "steed," and "thighearna," meaning "lord." This was first Anglicized O'Hagherin, which was later changed to O'Aherne before the prefix was eventually dropped. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)


Ahearn Early Origins



The surname Ahearn was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as a Dalcassian sept from before the year 1000. However, with the disruptions of the Strongbow Invasion of 1172, they migrated southward to counties Cork and Waterford. In Waterford the name is predominantly Hearn and Hearne.

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Ahearn Spelling Variations


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Ahearn Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Ahearn that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are O'Aherne, O'Ahern, Hearne, O'Heffron, Haveran, Hayveren and many more.

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Ahearn Early History


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Ahearn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ahearn research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1566, 1754, 1769, 1797, and 1806 are included under the topic Early Ahearn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ahearn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ahearn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ahearn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Ahearn, or one of its variants:

Ahearn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Ahearn, who landed in Maryland in 1833
  • Ellie Ahearn, aged 24, who landed in America from Cork, in 1893

Ahearn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Denis Ahearn, aged 9, who landed in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget Ahearn, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Cork, Ireland, in 1907
  • Catherine Ahearn, aged 10, who emigrated to America from Fethard, Ireland, in 1910
  • Agnes Ahearn, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Ballina, Ireland, in 1916
  • Annie Ahearn, aged 43, who settled in America from Buncourt, Ireland, in 1916
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ahearn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Luke Ahearn, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Ahearn, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Ahearn, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

Ahearn Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Edward Ahearn, aged 34, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1911

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ahearn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ahearn (post 1700)



  • Michael Francis "Mike" Ahearn (1878-1948), English-born, American football, basketball, and baseball player, coach, college athletics administrator, and professor, eponym of Ahearn Fied House
  • Blake Ahearn (b. 1984), American professional NBA basketball player
  • William H. Ahearn (1858-1919), American Major League Baseball catcher who played on June 19, 1880 for the Troy Trojans
  • Charlie Ahearn, American baseball player
  • Theresa Ahearn (1951-2000), Irish Fine Gael politician, Member of South Tipperary County Council from 1983 until 1999
  • Thomas Franklin Ahearn (1886-1962), Canadian businessman and politician, owner of the Ottawa Senators NHL hockey club, inducted into to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962
  • Thomas Ahearn PC (1855-1938), Canadian inventor and businessman, President of the Ottawa Electric Railway Company, held patents for an "electric oven" and a "system of warming cars by means of electrically heated water"
  • Frank Ahearn (1886-1962), Canadian NHL hockey club owner and a Member of Parliament

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Motto


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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: Per ardua surgo
Motto Translation: I rise through difficulties.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  11. ...

The Ahearn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ahearn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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