Haggerty This notable Irish surname, widespread in the counties of Donegal, Derry and Cork, is a form of the pre 10th century Old Gaelic O'hEigceartaigh, from the personal byname "Eigceartach". This has the strange literal meaning of 'unjust', and may refer to the original nameholder or chief who was considered to have been unjustly treated. The principal sept of O'hEigceartaigh were members of the Cineal Eoghan, that is a group of people who claimed descent from Eoghan, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, a 4th century High King of Ireland. This sept was located on the borders of the present counties of Donegal and Derry, and by the 14th century, the barony of Loughinsholin in County Derry was their chief habitat. The surname was also numerous in Inishowen in County Donegal, and far away in the baronies of Barrymore and Carbery West in county of Cork, where a branch had settled. Over the centuries O'hEigceartaigh acquired many forms including: O'Heagertie, O'Hagirtie, O'Hagerty, Hagerty, Hegarty, Haggarty and Haggerty. Early examples of recordings taken from surviving records include those of James, the son of William and Jane Haggerty, who was christened at Donaghmore, County Tyrone, on February 14th 1779, and that of the marriage of Catherine Haggerty to John Aitkin took place at St. Luke's, Old Charlton, Kent, England on April 14th 1829. The family coat of arms has the blazon of a silver field charged with an oak tree eradicated proper, on a red chief three birds argent, beaked and legged sable. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Maolmuire O'Hegarty in 1602. He was a member of O'Neill's army, and is recorded in the annals of the battle of Kinsale of that year.
Haggarty This notable Irish surname, now widespread in Counties Donegal, Derry and Cork, is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O'hEigceartaigh", descendant of Eigceartach, a personal byname from "eigceartach", unjust. The principal sept of O'hEigceartaigh was of the Cineal Eoghan, that is, belonging to that group of people descended from Eoghan, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, 4th Century High King of Ireland. This sept was located on the borders of the present counties of Donegal and Derry, and in the 14th entury, the barony of Loughinsholin (County Derry) was their chief habitat. By the 14th Century the name was more numerous in Tirkeeran (County Derry) and Inishowen (County Donegal), and also in the baronies of Barrymore and Carbery West in the Munster county of Cork, where a branch of the Ulster Haggertys settled. In the process of Anglicization "O'hEigceartaigh" acquired many variant forms including: O'He(a)gertie, O'Hagirtie, (O)Hagerty, Hegarty, Haggarty and Haggerty. On February 28th 1779, James, son of William and Jane Haggerty, was christened at Donaghmore, County Tyrone, and on April 14th 1829, the marriage of Catherine Haggerty to John Aitkin took place at St. Luke's, Old Charlton, Kent. The family Coat of Arms is a silver shield with an oak tree eradicated proper, on a red chief three birds argent, beaked and legged sable, the Crest being an arm in armour embowed, the hand grasping a scymitar all proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Maolmuire O'Hegarty, a member of O'Neill's army, which was dated 1602, in "Records of the Battle of Kinsale", during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558- 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE HAGERTYS
This name is an Anglicized form of the original Gaelic surname "O hEigcertaigh" which comes from the word "eigceartach" meaning "unjust." The O hEigceartaigh sept was originally from Ulster and they were the forebears of the Hegarty, Ohegarty, Higerty, and Hagerty/Haggerty families. This sept was a member of the Cenel Eoghan, which held lands on the borders of Counties Donegal and Derry, with their original homeland centered in the barony of Loughlinstown. The place name Hegart's Rock at Killygarven, near Lough Swilly in County Donegal, takes its name from Father James Hegarty who was treacherously murdered there in 1715. In the seventeenth century, the family was much more numerous in Tirkeenan, County Donegal, and Inishowen, County Derry. Early written references to the surname Haggerty, or to a variant, includes a Maolmuire O'Hegarty who died in the Battle of Kinsale in 1602 while fighting for O'Neill's army. Notable bearers of the name include Peter O'Hegarty who fought with the Irish Brigades in France and was rewarded with the governorship of the Isle of Bourbon, and P.S. O'Hegarty (1879-1955) who was prominent in the Easter Rebellion of 1916. It is also interesting to note that a branch of the sept migrated southwards to County Cork (where there is still a considerable distribution of Hegartys). There was also a branch of the same name in County Munster (a branch of the Eoghanact).
Blazon of Arms: Argent an oak tree eradicated proper on a chief gules three birds of the first beaked and legged sable.
Argent (white) denotes Peace and Sincerity. Gules (red) signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity. Sable (black) denotes Constancy and Prudence. Crest: An arm in armour embowed and the hand grasping a scimitar all proper.
Motto: Nec Flectitur nec mutant.
Translation: They neither bend nor change.
Haggerty / Haggarty / Hagarty DNA
Above information added by; HRH Prince Kieren de Muire von Drakenberg