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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.

Organ Early Origins



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.

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Organ Spelling Variations


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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.

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Organ Early History


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Organ Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Organ research. Another 308 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1715, 1849, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Organ History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Organ Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Organ Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Organ Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 settled in America in 1654
  • Lawrence Organ, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • John Organ settled in Virginia in 1663
  • John Organ, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Organ Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Organ, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Cornelius, James, and Mark Organ all settled in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1870
  • George Organ, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1885

Organ Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Organ, aged 41, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Frances Organ, aged 36, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Sarah Ann Organ, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • James Organ, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Richard Organ, aged 2, 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Organ (post 1700)


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Organ Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Organ Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 July 2015 at 15:10.

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