Hogan Surname Genealogy

Irish surname Hogan derived from the Old Gaelic name of O’hOgain, meaning the descendant of Ogan, a nickname
which literally translated as “young man.”
The original Ogan name-bearer was descended
from an uncle of Brian Boru. These Hogans
were a Dalcassian family. Their
territory extended over the ancient territory of Thomond, comprising
most of
Clare with adjacent parts of Limerick and Tipperary.Hogan and Hagan are similar-sounding
Irish surnames today. But Hagan has
different roots – from the Gaelic O’hAodhagain
meaning “little fire from the sun” – and was an Ulster-based clan.

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Hogan Ancestry

Ireland. The
seat of early O’Hogans was
at Ardcroney
in the barony of Lower Ormond in Tipperary near Nenagh.
They were chiefs of a territory known as
Crioch Cian. Records of these O’Hogans
as bishops at Killaloe across the river Shannon in county Clare
extended from
1250 for about three hundred years.

Hogan remained very much a Munster
name. By the mid-19th century and the
appearance of Griffith’s Valuation,
the following were the counties with the most Hogans:

  • Tipperary – 800
  • Limerick –
  • Clare – 219.

The largest number at that time was at Youghalarra parish
north Tipperary. Hogans were still to be
found at this time nearby at the old
of Ardcroney
. Sean Hogan, born at
Greenane in Tipperary in 1901, was a local IRA leader in the War for

The two townlands of
Ballogan Mor and Ballyogan Beg in Clare, not far from Crusheen, were
of the prominent position the Hogans once held in rural society there.

were also in Limerick. Galloping
as he was known, was a native of Limerick.
He was one of the “Wild Geese” who fled Ireland in 1692 for
service overseas. Michael Hogan, born in
Limerick in 1828, was an Irish poet known as the “Bard of Thomond.”

Many Hogans migrated to
Lancashire in search of work in the 19th century. Two
famous sons of these immigrants

  • Jimmy Hogan, born in 1882, one of eleven children brought
    up by his
    parents in Burnley. He enjoyed some
    success as a footballer, but more as a coach after he had taken charge
    of the
    Budapest club MTK in 1914. He was to be
    one of the great pioneers of the game on the European continent.
  • and John Hogan a VC
    of World War One,
    born without a father in 1884, who was to have a distinctly up-and-down

America. Some early
Hogans in America have a Dutch connection or maybe even a Dutch origin.

Luykas Hooghkerk from Holland was a pioneer of
Albany in upstate New
York, first appearing in records there around 1686.
The Hogan name appeared around 1700 with
William Hogan, a soldier turned innkeeper there. Both
he and his son William married in the
Dutch reform church. Hogans were
recorded in the Albany census until the year 1800.

have the forefather of William Hogan who came to Brunswick county,
Virginia in
1682 as being Johannes Cornelis van den Hoogen from Holland.
Others have an Irish origin from Wicklow. William’s
descendant Shadrack Hogan was a
Justice of the Peace in Anson county, North Carolina in the 1760’s. Many of his sons joined Daniel Boone in his
scouting trip to Kentucky in

Later Hogans. Other possibly related
lines led to:

  • John Hogan of Orange county, North Carolina –
    a planter and a colonel in the militia during the Revolutionary War. His farm near Chapel Hills is still owned by
    some members of the Hogan family.
  • and
    the Hogan families of Richland and Fairfield counties, South Carolina –
    starting with William Hogan who was born at Chucaw Hill on the Pee Dee
    river in
    South Carolina in 1760 and also fought in the Revolutionary War.

Among the
Hogan arrivals from Ireland were:

  • William Hogan who came to New York in 1803 with his Irish shipowner father Michael. He was for a
    short time
    in the 1830’s a US Congressman.
  • Father John J. Hogan from Limerick who arrived in 1847,
    making his home
    in St. Louis. He played an important
    role in the early history of Missouri, organizing the “Irish
    settlements in the southern part of the state (although they were later
    wiped out by the
  • John Hogan from Wicklow who also
    arrived in 1847, in this case to Charleston. He
    spent the next ten or so years on mail steamers before
    marrying and
    settling down to farm in Iowa.
  • and John
    and Martin Hogan, brothers from Galway, who arrived in the 1850’s and
    settled in

William A. Hogan, a
blacksmith, had been born in Choctaw county, Mississippi in 1846. He moved with his family to Texas in the
1870’s. His son Chester took his own
life in 1921. But his grandson Ben Hogan,
born there in 1912, became a champion golfer, one of the greatest who
lived. His prime years were the 1940’s
and 1950’s. During that time he won all
four of golf’s major championships, one of only five players to have
this feat.

. The Maritime Provinces
were home to a number
of Hogan families from Ireland in the early 1800’s:

  • John and Susan Hogan from
    Cork arrived in New Brunswick in 1818 and made their home in
    Northumberland county.
  • Patrick Hogan from Belfast, Presbyterian, married Martha
    Clark at Granville township in Annapolis county, Nova Scotia in 1821. Meanwhile Michael Hogan from Tipperary had
    arrived in Nova Scotia around 1816, settling in Colchester county. His descendants held a reunion party in 2016.
  • while
    Dennis Hogan from Tipperary, losing his wife on the voyage across, came
    Prince Edward Island with his two children in the 1830’s.
    They made their home in Rocky Point,
    Cumberland county.

Australia and New Zealand. The
Maitland, NSW database holds 83 entries for the Hogan name at its
cemetery on Campbells Hill. Most of
these entries would appear to relate to Patrick Hogan and his extended
who had arrived there from Tipperary in the 1880’s.

Some Hogans from the Ballindooley district of Galway had emigrated to
New Zealand’s South Island in the 1850’s and gotten involved in
horse-racing there. It was, however, a
later arrival, Tom Hogan,
who came in 1914 when he was
just nineteen who really set the horse-racing world
alight. He founded a bloodstock dynasty
that became phenomenally successful.
This success eventually led to his son Patrick being knighted by

Hogan Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Hogan Names

Galloping Hogan, as he was known, fled Ireland in 1692 and
ended up as a Major General in the Portuguese army.
John Hogan was an Irish sculptor of international repute in the

Jimmy Hogan
, a football coach, became
one of the great pioneers of the game on the European continent in the
and 1930’s.
Ben Hogan was an American
golfer of the 1940’s and 1950’s generally considered as one of the
greatest players in the history of the game.
Paul Hogan
is an Australian comedian/actor who became famous for
his portrayal of Crocodile Dundee in the 1986 film of that name

Select Hogans Today

  • 10,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Lancashire)
  • 24,000 in America (most numerous in California)
  • 31,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Ireland)



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