Hardigen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Hardigen is O hArtigain, which connotes a descendant of Art.

Early Origins of the Hardigen family

The surname Hardigen was first found in counties Clare and Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

One of the first records of the family was of Cineth O'Hartigan (died 975), an Irish poet from the north of Ireland, perhaps best known for his "Dinnsenchus," a work which relates the legendary history of the duns, lakes, plains and mountains of Ireland. It gives a prose account of each place, followed by an account in verse.

Important Dates for the Hardigen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hardigen research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hardigen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hardigen Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages a name was spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Hardigen family name. Variations found include Hartigan, O'Hartigan, Hartagan, Hartegan, Hartigon, Hartagon and many more.

Early Notables of the Hardigen family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hardigen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hardigen family

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. 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 Hardigen family name: James, Michael, Patrick and Thomas Hartigan arrived in Canada in 1839; Michael Hartigan arrived in Baltimore with his wife and five children in 1820. In Newfoundland, Denis settled in St. John's in 1804.

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