Haggar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicle of the name Haggar begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name is derived from the Gaelic form Mac-an-t-sagairt, which means son of the priest. Patronymic names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father. However, the patronym Haggar often denotes actual paternity in this case, since the marriage of clerics in minor orders was permissible, although the marriage of priests was declared illegal and invalid during the 12th century.

Early Origins of the Haggar family

The surname Haggar was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Haggar family

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Haggar Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Haggar has been written Haggard, Hagard, Hagger, Hagart, Haggart,Hager and many more.

Early Notables of the Haggar family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Haggar family

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Haggar: Peter Hagard arrived in Philadelphia in 1849; Andrew Haggart arrived in New York in 1848; J. Haggard arrived in San Francisco in 1850.

Contemporary Notables of the name Haggar (post 1700)

  • Jenna Haggar, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 15th District; Elected 2010 [1]
  • Donald A. Haggar, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1959-60 [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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