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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 Hourigan is O hArgain.

Hourigan Early Origins



The surname Hourigan 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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Hourigan Spelling Variations


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Hourigan Spelling Variations



Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Hourigan that are preserved in documents of the family history are Horgan, O'Horgan, Horgon, Hourigan, Horrigan, O'Hourigan, O'Horrigan, Arragan, O'Arragan, Aragan, Harrigan, O'Harrigan and many more.

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Hourigan Early History


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Hourigan Early History



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

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Hourigan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hourigan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hourigan 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



Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Hourigan:

Hourigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel and Patrick Hourigan, who arrived in Newcastle, Delaware in 1855

Hourigan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Lucy Hourigan, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • David Hourigan, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • Patrick Hourigan, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hourigan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hourigan (post 1700)



  • William Hourigan, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 5th District, 1912
  • John A. Hourigan Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960
  • John A. Hourigan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold, 1908
  • Andrew Hourigan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 (alternate), 1940
  • Richard V. Hourigan (1939-2002), Fine Gael politician from County Limerick in Ireland
  • Jack Hourigan (b. 1968), Canadian playwright, actress, and co-host

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. 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 Hourigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hourigan 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.

    This page was last modified on 31 March 2016 at 15:28.

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