Hearne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many Irish surnames can be traced back to their Gaelic forms. The name Hearne originally appeared in Gaelic as O hEachthigheirn or O hEachthigheirna, made up of the words "each" meaning "steed," and "thighearna," meaning "lord." This was first Anglicized O'Hagherin, which was later changed to O'Aherne before the prefix was eventually dropped. [1]

Early Origins of the Hearne family

The surname Hearne was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as a Dalcassian sept from before the year 1000. However, with the disruptions of the Strongbow Invasion of 1172, they migrated southward to counties Cork and Waterford. In Waterford the name is predominantly Hearn and Hearne.

Early History of the Hearne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hearne research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1566, 1754, 1769, 1797, and 1806 are included under the topic Early Hearne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hearne Spelling Variations

Many variations of the name Hearne were found in archives from the Middle Ages. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Hearne found include O'Aherne, O'Ahern, Hearne, O'Heffron, Haveran, Hayveren and many more.

Early Notables of the Hearne family (pre 1700)

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United States Hearne migration to the United States +

The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Hearne or one of its variants:

Hearne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hearne, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]
  • Thomas Hearne, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [2]
  • Robert Hearne, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Thomas Hearne, who settled in Barbados in 1671
Hearne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J S Hearne, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]

Australia Hearne migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hearne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hearne, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Hearne, (b. 1796), aged 19, English errand boy who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died 1861 [3]
  • Benjamin Hearne, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Joseph Hearne, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Elizabeth Hearne, aged 20, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hearne migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hearne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss M. A. Hearne, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Aorangi" en route to Wellington, New Zealand on 23rd July 1892 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hearne (post 1700) +

  • William L. Hearne, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1877 [8]
  • Thor Hearne (b. 1961), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2004 [8]
  • R. D. Hearne, American politician, Mayor of Gilbert, Arizona, 1947-49 [8]
  • Mark F. Hearne, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 3rd District, 1988; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2008 [8]
  • Lydia Cromwell Hearne, American Republican politician, Physician; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1924 [8]
  • Julian G. Hearne, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1907-10; Member of West Virginia State Senate 1st District, 1911-14; Defeated, 1934 [8]
  • Gary D. Hearne, American politician, Representative from California, 1996, 1998, 2000 [8]
  • Claude Hearne, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956 [8]
  • Eddie Hearne (1887-1955), American racecar driver from Kansas City
  • George Gibbons Hearne (1856-1932), English first-class cricketer for Kent between 1875 and 1895
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Hearne 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: Per ardua surgo
Motto Translation: I rise through difficulties.


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bardaster
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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