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While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, many Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name Organ is O hArgain.

Early Origins of the Organ family


The surname Organ 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 were part of the main tribe in prehistoric times, known as the Corca Laoidhe.

Early History of the Organ family


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Organ Spelling Variations


The search for the origins of the name Organ family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Horgan, O'Horgan, Horgon, Hourigan, Horrigan, O'Hourigan, O'Horrigan, Arragan, O'Arragan, Aragan, Harrigan, O'Harrigan and many more.

Early Notables of the Organ family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Organ family to the New World and Oceana


A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Organ:

Organ Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry and Lawrence Organ, who settled in America in 1654
  • Lawrence Organ, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Organ, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • John Organ, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Organ Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Organ, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Cornelius, James, and Mark Organ all, who settled in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1870
  • George Organ, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1885 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Organ Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Organ, aged 41, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Frances Organ, aged 36, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Sarah Ann Organ, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • James Organ, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Richard Organ, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Organ (post 1700)


  • Bryan Organ (b. 1935), English painter
  • Gerry Organ (b. 1944), Canadian former placekicker for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1971-1983 of the Canadian Football League
  • Diana Mary Organ (b. 1952), British Labour Party politician
  • Michael Keith Organ (b. 1956), Australian politician
  • Sir Geoffrey Organ, Professor of Anesthetics

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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