Hagerty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Hagerty family

The surname Hagerty 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 Hagerty family

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Hagerty 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 Hagerty that are preserved in archival documents are Haggarty, Haggerty, Hagarty, Hagherty, Haggety, Hagerty, Hegarty, O'Haggarty and many more.

Early Notables of the Hagerty family (pre 1700)

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Canada Hagerty migration to Canada +

Ireland 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 Hagerty to North America:

Hagerty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michael Hagerty was a fisherman in Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland in 1785 [1]
Hagerty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Dennis Hagerty, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1813
  • Bartley Hagerty from Youghal in County Cork, Ireland was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1818 [1]
  • Bartholomew Hagerty, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1856 [1]

Australia Hagerty migration to Australia +

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

Hagerty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Hagerty, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hagerty (post 1700) +

  • William Walsh Hagerty (1916-1986), American academic and former NASA Adviser, President of Drexel University (1963-1984)
  • Joseph "Joe" Hagerty (b. 1982), American bronze medalist artistic gymnast at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • John Leo "Jack" Hagerty (1903-1982), American NFL football player and college football coach
  • James Hagerty (1909-1981), American White House press secretary under Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
  • Michael G. "Mike" Hagerty (b. 1954), American actor, best known for his comedic blue-collar roles
  • Julie Hagerty (b. 1955), American stage, screen, and television actress and model, best known for her leading roles in Airplane! (1980) and Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
  • The Reverend Friar Thomas J. Hagerty (b. 1862), American Roman Catholic priest from New Mexico and labor activist
  • Neil Hagerty, American guitarist and songwriter and author
  • Daniel J. Hagerty, American Democrat politician, Vice-chair of New Hampshire Democratic Party, 1945; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 7th Ward, 1956 [3]
  • Christine Hagerty, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 [3]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Hagerty 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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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