Show ContentsHarra 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 Harra is Ó hEaghra, connoting a descendant of Eaghra. Harra is a patronymic surname, which derived from the vernacular given name tradition.

Early Origins of the Harra family

The surname Harra 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 Harra family

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Harra Spelling Variations

Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Harra that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Hara, Harra, O'Hara and others.

Early Notables of the Harra family

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United States Harra migration to the United States +

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 Harra:

Harra Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Patrick Harra, aged 20, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776 1
Harra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Harra, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1812 1
  • William Harra, who landed in New York in 1823 1
  • Thomas Harra, who arrived in Indiana in 1836 1
  • John Harra, who arrived in Indiana in 1837 1
  • Dominick Harra, who arrived in Indiana in 1852 1

Canada Harra migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harra Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Harra, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834

The Harra 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. 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) on Facebook