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

Harrah Early Origins



The surname Harrah 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.

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Harrah Spelling Variations


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Harrah 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 Harrah family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Hara, Harra, O'Hara and others.

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Harrah Early History


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Harrah Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harrah research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harrah History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harrah Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harrah Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Harrah:

Harrah Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eliza Harrah, aged 56, who landed in America from England, in 1902
  • Mary Harrah, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Ernest Harrah, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Alice Harrah, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Constanana Harrah, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harrah (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harrah (post 1700)



  • Glen Harrah, American Democrat politician, Chair of Greenbrier County Democratic Party, 1940-42
  • C. W. Harrah, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Detroit, Michigan, 1906
  • Roland Edward Harrah (1973-1995), American film and television child actor, actor, songwriter and musician
  • Dennis Wayne Harrah (b. 1953), American former NFL offensive lineman
  • William Fisk Harrah (1911-1978), American businessman and the founder of Harrah's Hotel and Casinos
  • Colbert Dale "Toby" Harrah (b. 1948), American retired Major League Baseball player

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Harrah Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harrah 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 December 2016 at 14:02.

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