Show ContentsHaran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Haran as O hOdhrain, which is derived from the word odhar, which means dun-colored.

Early Origins of the Haran family

The surname Haran was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times. This distinguished tribe was descended from Eochy Moyvane who was the 124th monarch of Ireland, and from whom was descended King Niall of the Nine Hostages. King Niall was perhaps Ireland's greatest Commander King who was instrumental in routing the Romans from the British Isles. This group of tribes were known as the Septs of the Hy-Niall, and they were Chiefs of the territories in Ulster, Meath and Connacht.

Early History of the Haran family

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Haran Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Haran were encountered in the archives: Haren, Horan, Harhan, Haran, O'Horan, O'Hourahan, O'Horahan, O'Haren, O'Harhan, O'Haran, O'Hanran and many more.

Early Notables of the Haran family

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United States Haran migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Haran family came to North America quite early:

Haran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Haran, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Patrick and Thomas Haran, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1826 and 1867 respectively
  • Daniel Haran, who landed in New York state in 1834

Canada Haran migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Haran, aged 20, who arrived in Quebec in 1834

Australia Haran migration to Australia +

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

Haran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Haran, aged 18, a dressmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Contemporary Notables of the name Haran (post 1700) +

  • Tadhg Haran (b. 1991), Irish hurler from Galway
  • Andy Haran (b. 1989), Irish footballer from Drogheda
  • Elizabeth Haran (b. 1954), Australian novelist; her books have sold over 1.5 million million copies

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Patrick Haran (1871-1914), British Cook from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [2]

  1. 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)
  2. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook