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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Hagan is O hAgain, which was earlier rendered as O hOgain. Traditionally, the name means young.

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The surname Hagan was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Hagan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Hagan, Hegan, Hagen, O'Hagan and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hagan research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1612 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Hagan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hagan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Hagan family in North America:

Hagan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Paul Hagan, who landed in Maryland in 1658

Hagan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Tho Hagan, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Hagan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Agnes Hagan settled in New England in 1802
  • Agnes Hagan, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Hugh Hagan, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Edwd Hagan, who arrived in America in 1805
  • John Hagan, who arrived in America in 1808


Hagan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Hagan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Mary Ann" from Belfast
  • Thomas Hagan, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • William Hagan, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Patrick Hagan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Margaret Hagan, aged 30, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834


Hagan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Hagan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Hagan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • John Hagan, aged 42, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • John Hagan, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • Patrick Hagan, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

Hagan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Hagan, aged 52, a farm servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • James Hagan, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Eliza Hagan, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Eliza Hagan, aged 17, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • James Hagan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875

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  • Helene E. Hagan (b. 1939), born Helene Coll, Moroccan-born, American anthropologist
  • Glenn Kassabin Hagan (b. 1955), retired American basketball player
  • Edward Patrick Hagan (1846-1893), American politician, member of the New York State Assembly (1879-1880) and (1885-1889)
  • Darian Hagan (b. 1970), American-born, former American football and Canadian football player
  • Robert F. "Bob" Hagan (b. 1949), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2007-2014)
  • Harold Benjamin "Bo" Hagan (1925-2002), American football and baseball player, football coach, and college athletics administrator
  • Arthur Charles "Art" Hagan (1863-1936), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1883 to 1884
  • Sarah Margaret Hagan (b. 1984), American television and movie actress, known for her work on Jess + Moss (2011), Orange County (2002) and Someday We Will Get Married (2009)
  • Molly Joan Hagan (b. 1961), American actress, known for Election (1999), Herman's Head (1991) and Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
  • George Elliott Hagan (1916-1990), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia (1961-1973)

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  • House of Hagan Re-visited by Viola Hagan Carpenter and Imogene Hoover Hagan.
  • Our Life-Our Times; The Gulbrand & Agnet Hagan Family Genealogy by Olive Sorenson Severa.
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The Hagan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hagan 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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