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O'Hagerty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the O'Hagerty family in Ireland was O hEigceartaigh, which is derived from the word eigceartach, which means unjust.

Early Origins of the O'Hagerty family

The surname O'Hagerty 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 held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the O'Hagerty family

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O'Hagerty Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname O'Hagerty are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Haggarty, Haggerty, Hagarty, Hagherty, Haggety, Hagerty, Hegarty, O'Haggarty and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Hagerty family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the O'Hagerty family to the New World and Oceana

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name O'Hagerty or a variant listed above: Anthony, Charles, Daniel, Edward Hagarty all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; along with Charles, Christy, Daniel, John, Michael, William Haggerty. In Newfoundland, Michael Hagerty was a fisherman in Quidi Vidi in 1785.

The O'Hagerty Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec flectitur nec mutant
Motto Translation: They neither bend nor change.

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