Heffernon 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 Heffernon is O hIfearnain.

Early Origins of the Heffernon family

The surname Heffernon 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 Heffernon family

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

Heffernon Spelling Variations

Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Heffernon. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Heffernan, Heffernam, O'Heffernan, O'Heffron, Hefferen, Hefferney, Heffernon, Hefferon and many more.

Early Notables of the Heffernon 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 Heffernon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Heffernon 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 Heffernon:

Heffernon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hugh Heffernon, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Hugh Heffernon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]

Australia Heffernon migration to Australia +

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

Heffernon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Heffernon, aged 45, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"


  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)


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