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Where did the Irish Haggerty family come from? What is the Irish Haggerty family crest and coat of arms? When did the Haggerty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Haggerty family history?

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


The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Haggerty revealed spelling variations, including Haggarty, Haggerty, Hagarty, Hagherty, Haggety, Hagerty, Hegarty, O'Haggarty and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haggerty research. Another 388 words(28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haggerty History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Haggerty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haggerty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Hugh Haggerty U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers

Haggerty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Haggerty, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Catherine Haggerty, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Mary Haggerty, aged 15, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • John Haggerty, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • Mary Haggerty, aged 15, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849


  • Patrick Eugene Haggerty, American Engineer
  • Dan Haggerty (b. 1941), American bodybuilder, animal trainer, and actor
  • Don Haggerty (1914-1988), American film actor
  • Pat Haggerty (d. 1994), American football official in the NFL
  • Pat Haggerty (b. 1983), American professional soccer player
  • Ancer Lee Haggerty (b. 1944), Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Gareth Haggerty (b. 1981), British rugby league player
  • Joan Haggerty (b. 1940), Canadian novelist
  • Ray Haggerty (b. 1923), Canadian politician who served in the Legislative Assembly
  • Ed Haggerty, English prospector from Whitehaven, England who established the Rudefeha Mine, Wyoming on a rich deposit of copper ore was found in 1897 which would later be named The Ferris-Haggerty Mine Site


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.


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The Haggerty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haggerty 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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