Hefferman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are a multitude of ancient meanings and variations associated with the Irish surnames that are now common throughout the modern world. The original Gaelic form of the name Hefferman is O hIfearnain.

Early Origins of the Hefferman family

The surname Hefferman 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 from ancient times.

Early History of the Hefferman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hefferman research. Another 52 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1719, 1777 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Hefferman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hefferman Spelling Variations

Many variations of the name Hefferman 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 Hefferman found include Heffernan, Heffernam, O'Heffernan, O'Heffron, Hefferen, Hefferney, Heffernon, Hefferon and many more.

Early Notables of the Hefferman family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Paul Hiffernan (1719-1777), Irish miscellaneous writer, born in or near Dublin in 1719. "His parents, intending him for the priesthood of the Roman Catholic church, sent him to a classical school in Dublin. When very young he went with...
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hefferman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hefferman migration to the United States +

In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Hefferman, or one of its variants:

Hefferman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Hefferman, who arrived in America in 1800 [1]
  • Hugh Hefferman, who settled in Boston in 1804
  • Hugh Hefferman, aged 22, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1804 [1]
  • John Hefferman, who landed in Aranzazu or Copano, Tex in 1829 [1]
  • Dennis Hefferman, aged 46, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842 [1]

Canada Hefferman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hefferman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • P Hefferman, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Hefferman migration to Australia +

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

Hefferman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Hefferman, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Johanna Hefferman, aged 11, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [3]
  • Mary Hefferman, aged 31, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [3]
  • Catherine Hefferman, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Johanna Hefferman, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hefferman 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:

Hefferman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Hefferman, aged 25, a dairymaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Hefferman (post 1700) +

  • William D. Hefferman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 2nd District, 1920 [4]
  • John Hefferman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Marquette County, 1942 [4]


  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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canton
  3. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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