This is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic name "O" hEachthighearna. The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal name Eachthighearna, a compound of the elements "each", a horse, plus "tighearna", lord or master. Hence, "lord of the horses". The Ahe(a)rns were originally a Dalcassin sept i.e., belonging to County Clare and Limerick. Their territory was in the neighbourhood of Sixmilebridge, County Clare. From here they migrated southwards to County Cork and Waterford and in Petty's census (1659) the name was widespread in these counties. To-day, the name takes the form Hearn or Hearne in County Waterford. The family Coat of Arms has three silver herons on a green field. John Ahearne (circa 1769-1806) was a United Irishman who later became an officer in Napoleon's Irish Legion. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alan O'Hathern alias O'Hachierane, which was dated 1336 - 1347, who was the Bishop of Kerry, during the reign of King Edward 111 of England, 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ahern — Ahern, also Aherne (Irish: Ó hEachtighearna/Ó hEachthairn ) is an Irish surname and may refer to:Members of the political Ahern family in Ireland*Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland::*Cecelia Ahern, author, daughter of… …   Wikipedia

  • Ahern — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Bertie Ahern (* 1951), irischer Wirtschaftswissenschaftler und Politiker, 1997–2008 irischer Ministerpräsident Brian Aherne (1902–1986), englischer Schauspieler Caroline Aherne (* 1963), englische Comedian …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ahern — Ahern, Bertie …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Ahern —   [ə həːn], Bartholemew Patrick (Bertie), irischer Politiker, * Dublin 12. 9. 1951; studierte Finanz und Wirtschaftswissenschaften; ab 1977 Parlamentsabgeordneter, 1986 87 Oberbürgermeister von Dublin; 1987 91 Arbeits und 1991 94 Finanzminister;… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Ahern — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Les personnalités suivantes portent le nom Ahern : Bertie Ahern: premier ministre de l Irlande Cecelia Ahern: écrivain, fille de Bertie Ahern Dermot Ahern …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ahern — biographical name Bertie 1951 originally Bartholemew Ahern prime minister of Ireland (1997 ) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ahern — gälischer Name, Bedeutung: Pferdebesitzer …   Deutsch namen

  • Ahern — A•hern [[t]əˈhɜrn[/t]] n. big Bertie, born 1951, prime minister of Ireland since 1997 …   From formal English to slang

  • Ahern — /əˈhɜn/ (say uh hern) noun 1. David Anthony, 1947–88, Australian composer and critic; considered avant garde leader after his Ned Kelly Music (1968). 2. Michael John, born 1942, Australian state National Party politician; premier of Qld 1987–89 …   Australian English dictionary

  • ähern — [ä:àn] (echern) ähren aufsammeln (nach der Ernte) …   Bayrische Wörterbuch von Rupert Frank

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.