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The history of the ancestors of the Haggard family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland. The name Haggard comes 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 Haggard 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.

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The surname Haggard 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.

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Haggard include Haggard, Hagard, Hagger, Hagart, Haggart,Hager and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haggard research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haggard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Haggard:

Haggard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J. Haggard arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Jns. J. Haggard, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • A. Haggard, aged 44, who settled in America from England, in 1893
  • W.H.D. Haggard, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Thos. Haggard, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1895


Haggard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Robt. Haggard, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1900
  • Aff. G. Haggard, aged 24, who landed in America from Barrowin Furness England, in 1906
  • Alfred Haggard, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool England, in 1906
  • Archibald Haggard, aged 30, who settled in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1907
  • William D. Haggard, who landed in America, in 1907


Haggard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Polen Haggard landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Haggard landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Indemnity

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  • Merle Haggard (1937-2016), American three-time Grammy Award winning country singer, winner of countless more awards, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (1994)
  • Noel Lee Haggard (b. 1963), American country music singer
  • Captain Thomas Haggard (b. 1800), American captain of the Louisa, merchant ship out of Philadelphia, in the 1800s, he died as a result of a priate attack, eponym of the USS Haggard (DD-555) for his actions
  • Ted Arthur Haggard (b. 1956), American evangelical pastor, known as Pastor Ted
  • Sean Haggard, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012
  • John E. Haggard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988; Chair of Charlevoix County Republican Party, 2007
  • John Haggard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1944
  • Clarence Haggard, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1960, 1976
  • C. L. Haggard, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington at-large, 1898
  • Bob L. Haggard, American politician, Mayor of Torrance, California, 1952

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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: Modeste conabor
Motto Translation: I will attempt moderately.

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  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Haggard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haggard 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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