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Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Harr is O hEaghra, connoting a descendant of Eaghra. Harr is a patronymic surname, which derived from the vernacular given name tradition.
The surname Harr 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.
One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Harr family name include Hara, Harra, O'Hara and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harr research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Harr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Harr:
Harr Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Harr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Harr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Harr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.
The Harr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harr 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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