Irish Surnames H-J

A list of Irish surnames beginning with the letters H and J

Hagan

Variant: O’Hagan

Healy

Variant: O’Healy, Hely, O’Healihy

In Irish: Ó hÉildhe Ó hÉilaighthe

Found in: Cork, Sligo, Tipperary

Origin: Gaelic

Two families, Ó hÉildhe means “claimaint”, and Ó hÉilaighthe means “ingenious”.

Hennessey

Variant: Hensey, Henchy

In Irish: Ó hAonghusa

Found in: Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary

Origin: Gaelic

Son of Aonghus or Angus. Not necessarily always the same ancestor.

Hickey

In Irish: O hIcidhe

Found in: Clare, Limerick, Tipperary.

Origin: Gaelic

The name is derived from the Irish for “healer”

Higgins

In Irish: Ó hUigin,

Found in: Widespread

Origin: Gaelic

Derived from the Irish “uigín” meaning “knowledge”. Some are a branch of the Westmeath O’Neill family.

Hogan

In Irish: Ó hÓgain,

Found in: Clare, Limerick, Tipperary

Origin: Gaelic

Derived from “Óg” which is Irish for “young”. Some lines descend from the 10th century King of Ireland, Brian Boru.

Jennings

In Irish: MacSheóinín

Found in: West of Ireland

Origin: Norman

Means “son of little John”, the John in question was a member of the Burke (DeBurgo) family.

Jorden

In Irish: Mac Siurtáin

Found in: Scattered

Origin: Gaelic

An Anglicisation of the surname Mac Siurtáin. As a first name, it’s a Hebrew place name (River Jordan), meaning “flowing down”.

Joyce

In Irish: Ó Seoighe

Found in: Galway, the West of Ireland

Origin: Norman

Derived from the French personal name Joie or Joy.

Article updated: March 31, 2017 | Image Credits

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2 Comments

  • TJH says:

    My surname is Harte which is anglicised from O’Airt but neither are on this website.  According to my late grandfather it is definitely an Irish surname, he and at least his father was born and bred in Co. Clare.  Any idea?

  • HARTY says:

    I need the irish surname of the following HARTY, THOMPSON, KENNETH
    please

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