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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.

Heffernon Early Origins



The surname Heffernon was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Heffernon Spelling Variations


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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.

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Heffernon Early History


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Heffernon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heffernon research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heffernon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heffernon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heffernon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Heffernon 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



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 settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Hugh Heffernon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Heffernon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Heffernon, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    10. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
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    The Heffernon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heffernon 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 1 December 2013 at 12:18.

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