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Harrigan Family History

Recorded in several spelling forms including Harragin and Harrigan mainly from Listowel, Horgan (Cork), Horrigan (Kenmare and Mallow), Hourihane (Cork), Hourigan (Limerick),and Organ (Cashel), this interesting surname is of pure Irish origin. The meaning is obscure, but is probably 'the descendant of the son of the grey haired one'. It is claimed to be an almost exclusively Munster surname, although it seems that in the Middle Ages a sept called O' hArragdain existed in County Leix, from which the later nameholders may have descended. In 1890, of the sixty six birth registrations in Ireland, forty were in County Cork and twenty-one in County Kerry...

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