Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Hagans is O hAgain, which was earlier rendered as O hOgain. Traditionally, the name means young.
Early Origins of the Hagans family
The surname Hagans 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.
Early History of the Hagans family
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Hagans Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Hagans that are preserved in archival documents are Hagan, Hegan, Hagen, O'Hagan and others.
Early Notables of the Hagans family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hagans family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Hagans to North America:
Hagans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Hagans, who landed in Maryland in 1810 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Hagans Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Hagans, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
- C. N. Hagans, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Hagans (post 1700)
- John Marshall Hagans (1838-1900), American politician, lawyer and judge from Virginia and West Virginia
- Marques Hagans (b. 1982), American NFL football wide receiver
- Tim Hagans (b. 1954), American three-time Grammy Award nominated jazz trumpet player, arranger and composer