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Heffron Family History

Recorded in several forms including O'Heffron, O'Heberon, Heffernan, Heffernon, Hefferan, Hefferin and Haverin, this is an Irish surname. It originates from the pre 10th century O' Ifearnan, which appears to have the interesting translation of "The descendant of the little demon"! Almost all Gaelic surnames are patronymics and derive from an original nickname for the first nameholder or chief of the clan. As many such names are a thousand or more years old, the precise meaning is often open to considerable conjecture, and not the least with this one.

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