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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Heggins is O hAgain, which was earlier rendered as O hOgain. Traditionally, the name means young.

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The surname Heggins was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Heggins family name. Variations found include Hagan, Hegan, Hagen, O'Hagan and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heggins research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1612 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Heggins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Heggins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Heggins:

Heggins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Humphrey Heggins, who arrived in Virginia in 1652

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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Heggins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heggins 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.

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