Hegarty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Hegarty is "O hEigceartaigh," which is derived from the word "eigceartach," which means "unjust."

Early Origins of the Hegarty family

The surname Hegarty was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Hegarty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hegarty research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1715 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Hegarty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hegarty Spelling Variations

Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Hegarty are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Hegarty, Hegerty, Heggarty, O'Hegarty and others.

Early Notables of the Hegarty family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Lt.Col. Hegarty, Lally's Regiment who for his efforts was acknowledged by King Louis XV of France; Peter O'Hegarty, Governor of the Isle...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hegarty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hegarty Ranking

In the United States, the name Hegarty is the 9,960th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Hegarty migration to the United States +

Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Hegarty or one of its variants:

Hegarty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John, Michael, Robert, and Thomas Hegarty who, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860
  • Charles Hegarty, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1896 [2]

Canada Hegarty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hegarty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Hegarty, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • John Hegarty, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • John Hegarty, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • William Hegarty, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Peter Hegarty, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hegarty migration to Australia +

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

Hegarty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Hegarty, (b. 1813), aged 24, Irish servant who was convicted in County Clare, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Diamond" on 29th November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 1 daughter [3]
  • James Hegarty, aged 32, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hegarty (post 1700) +

  • William A. Hegarty, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940, 1944 [5]
  • Willam E. Hegarty, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona 1st District, 1982 [5]
  • Michael Hegarty (b. 1933), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1976; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1979; Candidate for justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1980 [5]
  • John J. Hegarty, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1956 [5]
  • Mary Hegarty, Irish award winning opera soprano
  • Den Hegarty (b. 1954), Irish rock and roll singer
  • Séamus Hegarty (b. 1940), Lord Bishop of Raphoe (1982-1994), Lord Bishop of Derry
  • Nicholas Ian "Nick" Hegarty (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Shannon Hegarty (b. 1979), Australian former rugby league footballer
  • Paul Anthony Hegarty (b. 1954), Scottish former football player
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Hanora "Nora" Hegarty (d. 1912), aged 18, Irish Third Class passenger from Whitechurch, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [6]

The Hegarty 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: Nec flectitur nec mutant
Motto Translation: They neither bend nor change.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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 1st July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diamond
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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