Heher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Heher family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Heher is derived from Ir. O'hlr means descendant of Ir.

Early Origins of the Heher family

The surname Heher was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Heher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heher research. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1760, 1775, 1792, 1795, 1834, 1842, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Heher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heher Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Heher has been written as Hare, Hair, Hehir, Hehr, Heher and others.

Early Notables of the Heher family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heher family to Ireland

Some of the Heher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heher migration to the United States

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Heher or a variant listed above include:

Heher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Heher, aged 25, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 [1]

Heher migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Heher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Heher, (b. 1864), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd October 1883 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heher (post 1700)

  • Harry Heher (1889-1972), American Democrat politician, Chair of Mercer County Democratic Party, 1921; New Jersey Democratic State Chair, 1922-32; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1924, 1928, 1932 [3]
  • Frank Heher, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1948 [3]

Citations

  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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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