O'Heihir History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name O'Heihir has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as Mag Fhearadhaigh, derived from the word "fearadhach," possibly meaning "manly."

Early Origins of the O'Heihir family

The surname O'Heihir was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the O'Heihir family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Heihir research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1667 and 1668 are included under the topic Early O'Heihir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'Heihir Spelling Variations

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the O'Heihir family name include Garry, Garrihy, Hare, O'Hare, O'Heihir, MacGarry and others.

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

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Migration of the O'Heihir family

The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name O'Heihir: Henry Garry who settled in Virginia in 1635; Claud Garry, who settled with his wife in Virginia in 1714; Barbason O'Hare, who arrived in Boston in 1770.

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