Show ContentsHerren History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Herren as O hOdhrain, which is derived from the word odhar, which means dun-colored.

Early Origins of the Herren family

The surname Herren was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times. This distinguished tribe was descended from Eochy Moyvane who was the 124th monarch of Ireland, and from whom was descended King Niall of the Nine Hostages. King Niall was perhaps Ireland's greatest Commander King who was instrumental in routing the Romans from the British Isles. This group of tribes were known as the Septs of the Hy-Niall, and they were Chiefs of the territories in Ulster, Meath and Connacht.

Early History of the Herren family

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Herren Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Herren revealed spelling variations, including Haren, Horan, Harhan, Haran, O'Horan, O'Hourahan, O'Horahan, O'Haren, O'Harhan, O'Haran, O'Hanran and many more.

Early Notables of the Herren family (pre 1700)

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Herren Ranking

In the United States, the name Herren is the 6,754th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Herren migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Herren name:

Herren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heloise Herren, aged 12, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1859 [2]
  • Hugh Herren, who landed in Schuyler County, Illinois in 1860 [2]
  • William Herren, who landed in Schuyler County, Illinois in 1860 [2]
  • David Herren, who landed in Schuyler County, Illinois in 1860 [2]
  • Robert Herren, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Herren (post 1700) +

  • Samuel C. Herren, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 10th District, 1918 [3]
  • Linda D. Herren (b. 1947), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2004, 2008; Member of Republican National Committee from Georgia, 2008; Presidential Elector for Georgia, 2012 [3]
  • E. C. Herren, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1952 [3]
  • Lieutenant-General Thomas Wade Herren (1895-1985), American Commanding General 1st Army (1954-1957) [4]
  • Willi Herren (1975-2021), German actor and singer

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  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Thomas Herren. Retrieved from on Facebook