Hara History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Hara is O hEaghra, connoting a descendant of Eaghra. Hara is a patronymic surname, which derived from the vernacular given name tradition.

Early Origins of the Hara family

The surname Hara was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Hara family

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Hara Spelling Variations

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Hara family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Hara, Harra, O'Hara and others.

Early Notables of the Hara family (pre 1700)

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Hara Ranking

In the United States, the name Hara is the 15,494th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Hara migration to the United States +

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Hara family name:

Hara Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Hara, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1716 [2]
  • Joseph Hara, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1728 [2]
  • Bryan Hara, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [2]
  • William Robert Hara, who arrived in New York in 1791 [2]
  • Philip Hara, who arrived in America in 1795 [2]
Hara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Hara, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • James Hara, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • Edward Hara, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • Michael Hara, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • Arthur Hara, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hara (post 1700) +

  • George T. Hara, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1958-66 [3]
  • Daichi Hara (b. 1997), Japanese freestyle skier and professional racing cyclist. He competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics and won the bronze medal

The Hara 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: Virtute et claritate
Motto Translation: By virtue and high repute.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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