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The 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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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 – 256
  • Clare – 219.
The largest number at that time was at Youghalarra parish in north Tipperary.  Hogans were still to be found at this time nearby at the old seat of Ardcroney.  Sean Hogan, born at Greenane in Tipperary in 1901, was a local IRA leader in the War for Irish Independence.  

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

Hogans were also in Limerick.  Galloping Hogan, as he was known, was a native of Limerick.  He was one of the “Wild Geese” who fled Ireland in 1692 for military 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 were:
  • 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 hero of World War One, born without a father in 1884, who was to have a distinctly up-and-down life.
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.

Some 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 1779. 

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 wilderness” settlements in the southern part of the state (although they were later wiped out by the Civil War).   
  • 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 Indiana.   
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 ever 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 achieved 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 Renous, 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 to 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 Catholic cemetery on Campbells Hill.  Most of these entries would appear to relate to Patrick Hogan and his extended family 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 there that became phenomenally successful.  This success eventually led to his son Patrick being knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

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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

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  • 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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