Everything you need to know about the Irish surname Harrington. 

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The Harrington clan

Irish derivation:

Ó hArrachtáin, Ó hIongardail, later Ó hUrdáil, Ó hOireachtaigh

Name meaning:

"Descendant of Arrachtán," meaning "mighty" or "powerful".

Counties associated with the name Harrington:

Cork, Kerry, and Mayo.

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Coat of arms motto:

"Nodo firmo", meaning a tight knot

A short history of the name Harrington:

The name Harrington, in Ireland, was adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hArrachtáin "descendant of Arrachtán", a personal name from a diminutive of arrachtach meaning "mighty" or "powerful".

In County Kerry, Harrington was adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIongardail, later Ó hUrdáil, meaning "descendant of Iongardal".

Harrington was also used in Irish as a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOireachtaigh "descendant of Oireachtach" a byname meaning "member of the assembly" or "frequenting assemblies".

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Interesting facts about the name Harrington:

Typically when the name is spelled as "Herrington" it is presumed to be a name of non-Irish origin.

Some famous Harringtons:

  • Leland Kitteridge "Hago" Harrington (1903-1959, former Hockey Player)
  • Betty Jean Maycock Harrington (1942-, former US Olympic Gymnast)
  • Wilfrid Harrington (1927-, Irish Dominican Priest)
  • Richard Harrington (1975-, Welsh Actor)
  • John Harrington (c. late 1930s, former CEO of the Boston Red Sox)
  • Padraig Harrington (1971-, professional Irish golfer)

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