Hogan Surname Meaning, History & Origin

Select Hogan Meaning
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.

Hogan Resources on

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

Early O’Hogans.  Cosgrach, second son of Lorcan the king of Thomond who died in 942, was – according to the O’Hogan family pedigrees – the ancestor of the family.

They were the chiefs of
Crioch Cian, a territory in the principality of Ormond, and had a
residence at Ardcroney near Nenagh in Tipperary.  It
would appear that a branch of this family
settled in Kildare soon after the Anglo-Norman invasion as a Dominican
was founded at Athy by some members of the family in 1253.
O’Heerin said:

“O’Hogan of Crioch Cian rules
Clan Ionmanain of the fair lands.”

In 1281 Matthew O’Hogan, a native of
Ballyhogan, was the dean of Killaloe.  He
was advanced to that see in 1267, died, and was interred in the
convent at Limerick.  He was succeeded by
his kinsman Maurice O’Hogan who was concreted in 1282 and governed the
see for
seventeen years and, dying, was interred in the cathedral.
Thomas O’Hogan, canon of Killaloe, was
consecrated bishop of that see in 1343.
He died in October 1354 and was interred in the Dominican friary

Richard O’Hogan, a native of
Limerick and a Franciscan friar, was consecrated bishop of Killaloe in
1525.  His move to Clonmacnoise where he
died in 1538 was the last record of this ancient family.

Hogans in Ardcroney.  The following are some early gravestone inscriptions
found in the parish of Ardcroney in Tipperary.

  • Erected by William Hogan in memory of his father Mallachy
    Hogan who
    departed this life on October 9, 1787 aged 73 years.
    May he rest in peace.
  • Erected by Mary Hogan alias Grace for her
    husband Patrick Hogan who died on November 23, 1797 aged 43.
  • Lord have mercy on the soul of Patrick Hogan
    who departed this life on June 17, 1821 aged 50 years.
    by this brother Morgan Hogan.
  • Erected by John Hogan in memory of his
    affectionate wife Margaret Hogan alias Toohy who died on November 20,
    1832 aged
    55 years.  May the Lord have mercy on her

Galloping Hogan.  Michael Hogan was born in the
parish of Doon in east Limerick and was possibly a relatively wealthy
before becoming a rapparee or brigand at the time of English occupation

In 1690 Patrick Sarsfield and his 500 Jacobite troops blew up
the Williamite siege train at Ballyneety in county Limerick.  One eyewitness account reported that
Galloping Hogan, as he was then known, was given the honor of lighting

The war with England continued until the Treaty of Limerick was
signed in October 1691.  But Galloping
Hogan refused to accept the Treaty and carried on the struggle for a
six months, finally leaving Ireland with the last contingent of Wild
Geese to
sail from Cork in the late spring of 1692.

Galloping Hogan left Ireland for
France where he became a General in the French Army.
In 1706 he was forced to leave France because
he killed a fellow officer in a duel in Flanders.  He
fled France for Portugal where he
continued his military career.

there as Miguel Hogan, he began teaching his cavalry tactics and in May
contributed to the victory of the Portuguese Army against the Spanish
at the
Battle of Campo Maior.  The battle made
Miguel a hero.  A grateful king promoted
his to major general and awarded him a villa and an annual allowance.  His son Dennis also served in the cavalry and
became a major general too.

Miguel Hogan
remained in Portugal until his death and reared a distinguished family
descendants still live in Portugal to this day.

Hogans to Kentucky.  It was said that there were
six sons of Shadrack and Silence Hogan in North Carolina – William,
John, Richard, Edward and Philip – who were members of Daniel Boone’s second scouting party into
Kentucky in

William married Sarah Grant, the orphaned girl raised by
Daniel and
Rebecca Boone.  He afterwards settled at
Bryan Station where their first child David was born in 1781, making
him the
second white child born on Kentucky soil.  David,
a farmer, moved from Kentucky to Missouri in 1832.
A later son Elijah, born in 1794, settled in
Okibbeha county, Mississippi where he established himself as a merchant

James and John ran a ferry
at the mouth of Hickman Creek across the Kentucky river in Garrard
county.  James later operated a tobacco
there.  The line from John who had
married Elizabeth Pinnix in 1781 extended many generations later to
Norma Jean
Mortensen, better known as the actress Marilyn Munroe.

Richard and Edward had settled in Sumner
county, Tennessee by 1792.

John Hogan, Victoria Cross Hero.  John Hogan was born
illegitimately at Royton near Oldham in Lancashire in 1884.  His mother was Sarah Hogan, a cotton speed
tenter.  His father was unknown.   Sarah went on to marry Matthew Creagan
1888 in Oldham and sailed for Boston in 1895. She was widowed by 1901
and was
back in Oldham with three girls from her marriage.  John meanwhile
was working
locally as a piecer in the cotton industry.

1903 he enlisted in the army and was to serve in South Africa before
outbreak of World War One in 1914.  On
October 29 of that year it was reported:

“After their trench
been taken by the Germans, John Hogan and James Leach voluntarily
decided to
recover the trench themselves.  Working
from traverse to traverse at close quarters with great bravery, they
succeeded in regaining possession, killing eight of the enemy, wounding
and making sixteen prisoners.”

John was wounded in
the face by shrapnel later
that year and almost lost an eye.  He was
evacuated to England and recovered in Manchester and Macclesfield.  He heard of his award of the Victoria Cross
from the matron while he was helping to put up the Christmas
decorations on the
ward.  John was given a
hero’s welcome at this time.

But when he
returned to the front he changed battalions and was demoted to private
after a
court martial for drunkenness.

After the war he
struggled to
find employment.  He sold matches on the
streets of Manchester.  He was also a
valet to the variety star Benny Ross for a short time.
He later was an in-pensioner at the Royal
Hospital in Chelsea.  He died in 1943.

There was some confusion over what happened
to his medal.  Hogan’s family had
maintained that the medal had been stolen from
his bedside after he died in hospital.  But
John Hogan had in fact sold it in 1942 for £60.
The medal was later purchased back and presented to the Oldham
Centre where it can now be seen. 

Tom Hogan in New Zealand.  The Hogans of Ballindooley in Galway were small farmers who had won a high reputation as producers of good
horses.  Tom Hogan’s
brother Timothy was a supposed horse whisperer.
When Tom set off for New Zealand in 1914 in his late teens he
was thus knowledgeable
and practiced in the handling of horseflesh.  And in New Zealand
was a
cousin of
Tom’s, PT Hogan, who was born there and was its leading trainer in 1919.

Tom set up his own farm and first dealt in Clydesdale
horses.  It was said
of him that you could sell him a horse on Friday and you would want to
buy it
back on Monday.  He later abandoned
Clydesdales and turned his attention to thoroughbreds.  Soon he
was exercising an
electrifying influence on bloodstock and horse racing in New Zealand.

1968 his sons John and Patrick conspired to send
their dad to England to buy a stallion.
But their real purpose was to enable him to make his first visit
home to Galway. Tom arrived at the pub of his brother Paddy at the top
Bohermore in Galway City for a reunion that was overflowing with

died in 1972 after issuing one last diktat: “No goddamn flowers.”
ritual every Christmas Day of locking himself in his room and playing
Irish music
on an old phonograph was continued by his son Patrick.


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 mid-1800’s. 
  • Jimmy Hogan, a football coach, became
    one of the great pioneers of the game on the European continent in the 1920’s 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 Hogan Numbers 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)


Select Hogan and Like Surnames 

The Irish clan or sept names come through the mists of time until they were found in Irish records such as The Annals of the Four Masters.  The names were Gaelic and this Gaelic order was preserved until it was battered down by the English in the 1600’s.

Some made peace with the English.  “Wild geese” fled to fight abroad.  But most stayed and suffered, losing land and even the use of their language.  Irish names became anglicized, although sometimes in a mishmash of spellings.  Mass emigration happened after the potato famine of the 1840’s.

Some surnames – such as Kelly, Murphy and O’Connor – span all parts of Ireland.  But most will have a territorial focus in one of the four Irish provinces – Leinster, Munster, Ulster, and Connacht.

Munster in SW Ireland covers the counties of Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, and Waterford.  Here are some of the Munster surnames that you can check out.




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