Irish derivation: Ó hÓgáin
Name meaning: "Descendant of the young one"
Counties associated with the name: Tipperary, Clare
Coat of arms motto: "Like Lightening."
Interesting Facts: 1. It has been claimed that those who bear the name are descended of an uncle of Brian Boru, the Irish High King.
Famous Hogans: Bosco Hogan (born 1949) is an Irish actor; Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins (1932), Irish politician; Danny Hogan (1880–1928), American participant in organized crime; Hulk Hogan (1953) wrestler and reality television star; João Hogan (1914–1988), Portuguese artist
The Hogans are a Dalcassian family. Hogan comes from the Irish word meaning young. In Irish mythology, the land of eternal youth is called Tir Na nÓg.
The Irish name of Hogan, "'hÓgain, denotes that they are ancestors of Ogan, who was a direct descendant of Brian Boru, the last great High King of Ireland who defeated the Vikings in 1014 A.D. The name is prevalent in Ireland, one of the 100 most common surnames. It has a strong presence in the Counties of Limerick, Clare, and Tipperary, near Nenagh, where one of the ancient clan chiefs had a castle called Ardcrony.
The original "O" is almost never used by modern members of the clan.
Some of the well-known Irish Hogans include John Hogan, (1800-1858) a prominent Irish sculptor whose works are on view at many sites in Dublin and Cork as well as on the European continent. A famous Daniel O'Connell statue of his stands in Limerick.
Patrick Hogan (1891-1936) was the first minister for agriculture in the Irish Free State. He was widely hailed for introducing reform legislation on land ownership and agricultural production. "Galloping Hogan" was one of the heroes of Patrick Salsfield's daring assault on an English ammunition train at Ballyneety in 1690.
In entertainment, Australian actor Paul Hogan (1939) is a producer and star of the successful Crocodile Dundee film series, and American Hulk Hogan (1953), whose birth name is Terry Gene Bollea, is an actor and former wrestler with the Worldwide Wrestling Federation (WWF), a wildly popular TV show during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Of course, who could forget the popular show Hogan's Heroes, based on Col. Hogan, a wisecracking POW?
And two members of the Irish band The Cranberries are from the Hogan clan, brothers Noel (1971) and Michael Hogan (1973).
Ben Hogan (1912-1997) was a professional golfer whose Irish connection started with his place of birth - Dublin, Texas. He was a PGA champion and four-time U.S. Open champion. His claim to fame is that he is the only golfer to have won the U.S. Open, British Open and Masters all in the same year in 1953.
J.P. Tod's, the luxury shoe maker, has a division called Hogan that sells high-end footwear and accessories. There is also a place called Ballyhogan near Dysart in County Clare and a Hogan's Pass near Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Below, check out one of The Cranberries' biggest hits 'Linger':