Many Irish surnames can be traced back to their Gaelic forms. The name O'Hearne originally appeared in Gaelic as O hEachthigheirn or O hEachthigheirna, made up of the words "each" meaning "steed," and "thighearna," meaning "lord." This was first Anglicized O'Hagherin, which was later changed to O'Aherne before the prefix was eventually dropped. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early Origins of the O'Hearne family
The surname O'Hearne was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
as a Dalcassian sept from before the year 1000. However, with the disruptions of the Strongbow
Invasion of 1172, they migrated southward to counties Cork and Waterford
. In Waterford
the name is predominantly Hearn and Hearne.
Early History of the O'Hearne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Hearne research.Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1566, 1754, 1769, 1797, and 1806 are included under the topic Early O'Hearne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Hearne Spelling Variations
The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the O'Hearne family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including O'Aherne, O'Ahern, Hearne, O'Heffron, Haveran, Hayveren and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Hearne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Hearne family to the New World and Oceana
Many Irish families
boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the O'Hearne family name: James Hearn from Carrick on Suir in County Tipperary
settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1798; James Heurn escaped from an Irish prison ship and settled at Bay Bull, Newfoundland, in 1734.
The O'Hearne 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: Per ardua surgo
Motto Translation: I rise through difficulties.