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Many Irish surnames can be traced back to their Gaelic forms. The name Hern originally appeared in Gaelic as O hEachthigheirn or O hEachthigheirna, made up of the words "each" meaning "steed," and "thighearna," meaning "lord." This was first Anglicized O'Hagherin, which was later changed to O'Aherne before the prefix was eventually dropped. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)


Hern Early Origins



The surname Hern 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 as a Dalcassian sept from before the year 1000. However, with the disruptions of the Strongbow Invasion of 1172, they migrated southward to counties Cork and Waterford. In Waterford the name is predominantly Hearn and Hearne.

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Hern Spelling Variations


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Hern Spelling Variations



One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Hern were found in the many archives researched. These included O'Aherne, O'Ahern, Hearne, O'Heffron, Haveran, Hayveren and many more.

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Hern Early History


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Hern Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hern research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1566, 1754, 1769, 1797, and 1806 are included under the topic Early Hern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hern Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hern Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North Ameri ca. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Hern or one of its variants:

Hern Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Hern, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Hern Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hern, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • William Hern, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830
  • Bridt Hern, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854
  • Bartholomew Hern, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872

Hern Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Morris Hern, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hern (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hern (post 1700)



  • Pepe Hern (1927-2009), stage name of José "Pepe" Hernández Bethencourt, an American actor who played supporting roles in nearly 50 films, brother of actor Tom Hernández
  • Warren Martin Hern M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. (b. 1938), American physician, known for performing late-term abortions, founding member of the National Abortion Federation
  • Matt Hern (b. 1968), Canadian community organizer, writer and activist
  • William Milton "Riley" Hern (1880-1929), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played from 1898 to 1911
  • Tom Hern (b. 1984), New Zealand multiple award winning actor and film producer, known for The Tribe (1999), Power Rangers DinoThunder (2004) and Revelations (2002)
  • William Richard "Dick" Hern CVO (1921-2002), English Thoroughbred racehorse trainer, his horses won sixteen British Classic Races from 1962 to 1995, he was Champion Trainer on four occasions
  • Nick Hern, British founder of Nick Hern Books, a London-based independent specialist publisher of plays, theatre books and screenplays in 1988

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Motto


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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: Per ardua surgo
Motto Translation: I rise through difficulties.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  2. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  7. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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The Hern Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hern 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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