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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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    10. 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.
    11. ...

    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 7 October 2015 at 13:05.

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