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O'Hea History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The old Gaelic name used by the O'Hea family in Ireland was O hAodha, which means descendant of Aodha or descendant of Hugh.


Early Origins of the O'Hea family


The surname O'Hea 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 this distinguished Irish family descended from the ancient Kings of Munster, and their territories were in the south western part of County Cork. Their ancient family seat was Aghamilly Castle in Pobble O'Hea.

Early History of the O'Hea family


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O'Hea Spelling Variations


Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name O'Hea revealed many variations, including O'Hea, Hea, Heas, Hees, O'Hear, Hayes, O'Hay, Hay and others.

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


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


Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of O'Hea or one of its variants:

O'Hea Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick O'Hea, who arrived in New York in 1804
  • James H. O Hea, aged 61, originally from Derry, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Turnessia" from Glasgow via Moville [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RG-D3G : 6 December 2014), James H. O Hea, 28 Nov 1892; citing departure port Glasgow via Moville, arrival port New York, ship name Turnessia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Ellen O'Hea, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXQN-6JZ : 6 December 2014), Ellen O'Hea, 24 Apr 1896; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Britannia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Catherine O'Hea, aged 58, originally from Clonakilty, who arrived in New York in 1898 aboard the ship "Campania" from Queenstown, Ireland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXH5-LWY : 6 December 2014), Catherine O'Hea, 08 Oct 1898; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

O'Hea Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harold J. O'Hea, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Sabotawan" from Gibraltar, Spain [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WW-JPG : 6 December 2014), Harold J. O'Hea, 30 Nov 1919; citing departure port Gibraltar, arrival port New York, ship name Sabotawan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • James O'Hea, aged 31, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Imperator" from Southampton, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VX-Y6P : 6 December 2014), James O'Hea, 18 Jan 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Imperator, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Hea (post 1700)


  • John Fergus O'Hea (1838-1922), Irish political cartoonist
  • Patrick O'Hea (b. 1848), Irish nationalist politician and a Member of Parliament
  • Father Charles Adolphus O'Hea (1814-1903), Australian Irish Catholic Priest best-known today as the man who baptised Ned Kelly
  • Timothy O'Hea, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross for a deed of bravery on June 9, 1866 in Canada, with the British army
  • Matt O'Hea, professional basketball player from Moe, Victoria, Australia

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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RG-D3G : 6 December 2014), James H. O Hea, 28 Nov 1892; citing departure port Glasgow via Moville, arrival port New York, ship name Turnessia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXQN-6JZ : 6 December 2014), Ellen O'Hea, 24 Apr 1896; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Britannia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXH5-LWY : 6 December 2014), Catherine O'Hea, 08 Oct 1898; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WW-JPG : 6 December 2014), Harold J. O'Hea, 30 Nov 1919; citing departure port Gibraltar, arrival port New York, ship name Sabotawan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VX-Y6P : 6 December 2014), James O'Hea, 18 Jan 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Imperator, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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