Many Irish surnames can be traced back to their Gaelic forms. The name Ahearne 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early Origins of the Ahearne family
The surname Ahearne was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) 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.
Early History of the Ahearne family
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Ahearne Spelling Variations
Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations
. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Ahearne revealed many variations, including O'Aherne, O'Ahern, Hearne, O'Heffron, Haveran, Hayveren and many more.
Early Notables of the Ahearne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ahearne family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ahearne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Ahearne, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
- Judy Ahearne, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
Contemporary Notables of the name Ahearne (post 1700)
- John Francis "Bunny" Ahearne (1900-1985), Irish promoter for ice hockey in Great Britain, President of the IIHF (1957-1960), (1963-1966) and (1969-1975), inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977, eponym of the Ahearne Cup
- Joe Ahearne (b. 1963), British BAFTA and Hugo Award nominated television writer and director, known for his work on Trance (2013), Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets (2004) and Perfect Parents (2006)
The Ahearne 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.