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While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, many Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name Horgan is O hArgain.

Horgan Early Origins



The surname Horgan was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were part of the main tribe in prehistoric times, known as the Corca Laoidhe.

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Horgan Spelling Variations


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Horgan Spelling Variations



The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of this period in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Horgan dating from that time include Horgan, O'Horgan, Horgon, Hourigan, Horrigan, O'Hourigan, O'Horrigan, Arragan, O'Arragan, Aragan, Harrigan, O'Harrigan and many more.

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Horgan Early History


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Horgan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horgan research. Another 308 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1715, 1849, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Horgan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Horgan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Horgan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Horgan 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



Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Horgan or a variant listed above:

Horgan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dennis Horgan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • John Horgan settled in Frederick Co. Maryland in 1798
  • John Horgan, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1798

Horgan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Horgan, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
  • Michael and Mary Horgan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1847
  • Cornelius Horgan, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1867
  • Michael Horgan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Horgan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Horgan, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland

Horgan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Horgan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Johanna Horgan, aged 43, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"

Horgan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Horgan arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • T. Horgan arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • George B. Horgan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Winterthur" in 1866
  • Mary Horgan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Winterthur" in 1866
  • Anna Horgan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Winterthur" in 1866
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Horgan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Horgan (post 1700)



  • Stephen Henry Horgan (1854-1941), American inventor of the halftone process of engraving while working as the art director for the New York Herald
  • Neal Horgan (b. 1979), American professional footballer
  • John Horgan (b. 1953), American science journalist best known for his 1996 book The End of Science
  • John G. Horgan (1871-1921), nicknamed "the Banker", an American professional player of pocket billiards and three-cushion billiards
  • Paul Horgan (1903-1995), American writer, twice winning the Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Joseph Paul Horgan (b. 1977), American professional baseball player
  • John Horgan (1950-2016), Irish hurling manager and player
  • Robbie Horgan (b. 1968), Irish former professional footballer
  • Anthony Horgan (b. 1976), former Irish rugby union player
  • Sťamus Horgan (b. 1946), Irish retired hurler
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Horgan Historic Events


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Horgan Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Horgan (d. 1912), aged 22, Unknown Third Class passenger from Unknown who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Horgan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. 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.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. 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 Horgan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horgan 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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