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Hagans Coat of Arms / Hagans Family Crest

Hagans Coat of Arms / Hagans Family Crest

The HAGANS and the O'HAGANS descend from the OhAodhagain sept which had its seat at Tullaghoge in Dungannon Upper barony, County Tyrone, the inaugural place of the O'Neills as sovereigns of Ulster. Some descendants of the sept retained the prefix 'O' to their name during the centuries of anglicization but at the end of the last century the Hagans outnumbered the O'Hagans by two to one. In the present century those Hagans who had lost the prefix have widely resumed it so that O'Hagans are now more numerous than Hagans. The name is spelt as Egan in Leinster and is also spelt O'HAGAN, O'HAGANS, HAGAN and HAGEN. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. A notable member of the name was Walter Charles HAGEN (1892-1969) the US golfer, a flamboyant and colourful character. He won 11 major championships 1914-1929. An exponent of the match-play type of games, he won the US PGA championship five times, including four in succession.

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