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


The surname Hagen 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.

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Hagen are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Hagan, Hegan, Hagen, O'Hagan and others.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Hagen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Hagen family in North America:

Hagen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Hagen, who landed in Georgia in 1739
  • John Hagen, who arrived in Georgia in 1740
  • Nicklaus P Hagen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Wolfgang Joh Hagen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Joh Daniel Hagen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • ...

Hagen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J J Hagen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Andrew Hagen, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1812
  • H Von Hagen, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Valentine Hagen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Michael Hagen, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • ...

Hagen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Hagen, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834

Hagen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Hagen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Barras" in 1839
  • John Hagen, aged 25, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies"

  • Jean Hagen (1923-1977), born Jean Shirley Verhagen, an American Academy Award nominated actress best known for her role as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain (1952) and for her Emmy Award nominated role as Margaret Williams on the television series Make Room For Daddy
  • Jean Hagen (1923-1977), Oscar-nominated American film actress
  • Uta Hagen, American Actress
  • Walter Charles Hagen (1892-1969), American PGA golfing champion
  • Cosma Shiva Hagen (b. 1981), German actress
  • Gotthilf Heinrich Ludwig Hagen (1797-1884), German physicist and hydraulic engineer
  • Carl I. Hagen (b. 1944), Norwegian politician
  • Bernhard Joachim Hagen (1720-1787), German composer, violinist and lutenist

Hagen Historic Events

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Hagen, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Francis J. Hagen, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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    Other References

    1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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    The Hagen Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Hagen 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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