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Ohara History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Ohara is O hEaghra, connoting a descendant of Eaghra. Ohara is a patronymic surname, which derived from the vernacular given name tradition.

Early Origins of the Ohara family


The surname Ohara was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Ohara family


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Ohara Spelling Variations


Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Ohara are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Hara, Harra, O'Hara and others.

Early Notables of the Ohara family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ohara family to the New World and Oceana


Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Ohara:

Ohara Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles O'Hara, who settled in Boston in 1716
  • Ann O'Hara, an English convict sent to Rappahannock, Virginia in 1740
  • David O'Hara, who was naturalized in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1783

Ohara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward O'Hara, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Charles, Daniel, Francis, James, John, Martin, Michael, Patrick, and Thomas O'Hara, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1810 and 1870

Ohara Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry O'Hara, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thirteen" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif
  • Joseph O'Hara, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COUNTESS OF YARBOROUGH 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850CountessYarborough.htm
  • Pat. O'Hara, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  • Honora O'Hara, aged 26, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Margaret O'Hara, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
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Ohara Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William O'Hara, aged 30, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Catherine O'Hara, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • William J. O'Hara, aged 3 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • John O'Hara, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878
  • Charles O'Hara, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ohara (post 1700)


  • Michael Futch O'Hara (1932-2018), American gold medalist volleyball player at the 1964 Summer Olympics and silver medalist at the 1963 Pan American Games
  • Quinn O'Hara (1941-2017), born Alice Jones, Scottish-born American actress, known for her roles in A Swingin' Summer and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
  • Patricia Joanne "Jenny" O'Hara (b. 1942), American film, television and stage actress
  • Terrence O'Hara, American Hugo Award nominated film, television director and actor
  • Kelli O'Hara (b. 1976), American four-time Tony Award nominated stage actress, singer, and songwriter
  • Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara (1926-1966), American writer, poet and art critic, member of the New York School of poetry, posthumous recipient of the 1972 National Book Award for Poetry
  • Jamie O'Hara (b. 1950), American country music singer
  • Paige O'Hara (b. 1956), born Donna Paige Helmintoller, an American actress, singer, and painter, known for her voice-over work on Beauty and the Beast (1991), Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) and Enchanted (2007)
  • Kelley Maureen O'Hara (b. 1988), American Olympic soccer gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • John Henry O'Hara (1905-1970), American novelist and short story author
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Ohara family



Flight TWA 800

  • Mr. John Joseph O'Hara (1957-1996), from Irvington, New York, USA, American executive producer of ABC Sport flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Antarctic Homestead, Operation Deep Freeze the New Zealand Story, Retrieved 2018 February 21st, http://antarctic.homestead.com/901.html
  • Miss. Caitlin Marie O'Hara (1983-1996), from Irvington, New York, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Antarctic Homestead, Operation Deep Freeze the New Zealand Story, Retrieved 2018 February 21st, http://antarctic.homestead.com/901.html
  • Mrs. Janet Schmitz O'Hara (1957-1996), from Irvington, New York, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Antarctic Homestead, Operation Deep Freeze the New Zealand Story, Retrieved 2018 February 21st, http://antarctic.homestead.com/901.html

The Ohara 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: Virtute et claritate
Motto Translation: By virtue and high repute.


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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COUNTESS OF YARBOROUGH 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850CountessYarborough.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  4. ^ Antarctic Homestead, Operation Deep Freeze the New Zealand Story, Retrieved 2018 February 21st, http://antarctic.homestead.com/901.html

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