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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. 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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