Heffron 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 Heffron is O hIfearnain.

Early Origins of the Heffron family

The surname Heffron 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 Heffron family

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

Heffron Spelling Variations

Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Heffron. 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 Heffron family (pre 1700)

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Canada Heffron migration to Canada +

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 Heffron:

Heffron Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Heffron, aged 27 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Rose" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In July 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heffron (post 1700) +

  • Patrick Richard Heffron (1860-1927), American clergyman, the 2nd Roman Catholic Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona, Minnesota
  • Richard T. Heffron (1930-2007), American Hugo Award nominated film and television director, known for his work on The Rockford Files (1974), Futureworld (1976) and I Will Fight No More Forever (1975)
  • John Heffron, American stand-up comic from Detroit
  • Edward James Heffron (1923-2013), American private with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II, he was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers
  • Matthew Heffron (b. 1982), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2004 [2]
  • Martin Heffron, American politician, Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota, 1905-07 [2]
  • John T. Heffron, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1948 [2]
  • John Heffron, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1878 [2]
  • J. F. Heffron, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1916 [2]
  • Frank H. Heffron, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972 [2]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 33)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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