Hagarty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Hagarty family in Ireland was O hEigceartaigh, which is derived from the word eigceartach, which means unjust.

Early Origins of the Hagarty family

The surname Hagarty was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Hagarty family

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Hagarty Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Hagarty family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Haggarty, Haggerty, Hagarty, Hagherty, Haggety, Hagerty, Hegarty, O'Haggarty and many more.

Early Notables of the Hagarty family (pre 1700)

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United States Hagarty migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Hagarty:

Hagarty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cornelius Hagarty, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]
Hagarty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Hagarty, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1810 [1]
  • John Hagarty, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [1]
  • Patrick Hagarty, aged 26, who landed in Aliegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825 [1]
  • William Hagarty, who arrived in New York in 1835 [1]
  • Mike Hagarty, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hagarty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hagarty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michaiel Hagarty, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Michael Hagarty, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Hagarty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Turish Hagarty, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Patrick Hagarty, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Hagarty, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Nancy Hagarty, aged 28, a widow, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Biddy Hagarty, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hagarty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hagarty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hagarty, Irish convict who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

New Zealand Hagarty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hagarty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Dominick Hagarty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Hagarty (post 1700) +

  • Paul Leonard Hagarty O.S.B., O.B.E. (1909-1984), American prelate of the Catholic Church, the first Bishop of Nassau (1960-1981)
  • Lois Sherman Hagarty (b. 1948), American former politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1980-1992)
  • Wilbert Hagarty (1888-1963), Canadian farmer and politician who represented Elrose in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1921 to 1929
  • Sir John Hawkins Hagarty (1816-1900), Canadian lawyer, teacher, and jurist, Chief Justice of Ontario (1884-1897)


The Hagarty 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: Nec flectitur nec mutant
Motto Translation: They neither bend nor change.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas


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