Show ContentsHourigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hourigan family

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.

Early History of the Hourigan family

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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.

Early Notables of the Hourigan family (pre 1700)

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United States Hourigan migration to the United States +

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

Australia Hourigan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hourigan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Barney Hourigan, Scottish convict who was convicted in Jedburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 9th Mary 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [1]
  • Lucy Hourigan, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [2]
  • David Hourigan, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" [3]
  • Patrick Hourigan, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hourigan (post 1700) +

  • William Hourigan, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 5th District, 1912 [4]
  • John A. Hourigan Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960 [4]
  • John A. Hourigan, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold, 1908 [4]
  • Andrew Hourigan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 (alternate), 1940 [4]
  • Richard V. Hourigan (1939-2002), Fine Gael politician from County Limerick in Ireland
  • Jack Hourigan (b. 1968), Canadian playwright, actress, and co-host

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th September 2022).
  2. South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved
  3. South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1858. Retrieved
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook