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On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the Hehir family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from Ir. O'hlr means descendant of Ir.

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The surname Hehir 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.

In various documents Hehir has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Hare, Hair, Hehir, Hehr, Heher and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hehir research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1760, 1775, 1792, 1795, 1834, 1842, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Hehir History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Hehir family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hehir Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Hehir, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Bridget Hehir, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Biddy Hehir, aged 22, a dairy servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Michael Hehir, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Catherine Hehir, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"


Hehir Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Michael Hehir, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Warwick" in 1879
  • Anne Hehir, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Warwick" in 1879

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  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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The Hehir Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hehir 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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