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I'm quite suprized to find out my family name may have Scottish origins, as I've always considered it to be strictly of Irish origin. Can you elaborate on this?

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on 2011-05-23 13:16:20

MAKESNOSHADOW has been a Family Tree Circles member since May 2011. is researching the following names: HEHIR.

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by janilye on 2011-05-23 14:54:50

From one of the Dalriada clans of south west Scotland O'Hir meaning clan of Ir.This clan began around 650AD under king Dunchad or Duncan of Dalriada

by MAKESNOSHADOW on 2011-05-24 19:23:48

I'm stunned! I am 67 yrs. old and all my life I've only heard about the Irish connection to my family name. I had absolutely no idea that there was a Scottish connection also. So now, I don't know which branch I'm connected to.On another site, I traced the name back to 9th century Ireland and I was quite impressed with that. But to find that it goes back to the 5th century in Scotland is mind-blowing! I'm really interested in knowing how I would go about finding out which group I really belong to. HELP!!!!!

by Boru on 2011-05-24 19:34:56

I've read a number of articles written by different Geneticists that state the people from Ireland and Scotland are genetically the same people ...

by MAKESNOSHADOW on 2011-05-24 19:50:10

Thank you, Boru. That helps somewhat. And it makes sense. I've often wondered why the skirl of Scottish bagpipes gave me the most pleasant goose bumps every time I've heard them in parades and such. So now, I can confound all my friends by claiming both lineages. Wait 'til I inform my siblings about this! What a way to spice up, otherwise boring, weekend visits.

by Boru on 2011-05-24 20:44:29

I also have an Irish and scottish connection in my tree ... I have found ancestors who have a clearly scottish surname and were born in Scotland yet they always identified themselves as being Irish, the same can be said for a few of my ancestors who were from Eire but consider themselves scottish ... I find that most peoples roots are never really what they think they are ...lol ...

by MAKESNOSHADOW on 2011-05-24 21:43:49

How right you are! I'm still trying to sort all this out.It's given me a lot to think about. Man! This is great stuff! Never too old to learn something new, eh? lol

by Elainehee on 2011-05-24 23:38:04

There has always been a lot of toing and froing from those countries .Both by accident and design, the Irish Sea especially in the north have some very wild storms by all accounts and its easy to imagine that odd boat ending up on the opposite shore. Even their differing forms of Gaelic have marked similarities, as does their love of music and storytelling.

by MAKESNOSHADOW on 2011-05-25 16:16:03

Thank you Elainehee. The geography of the area lends creedance to your observations. I'm still up in the air about all this and happily so. I realize that to some people all this may seem somewhat trivial, but I'm just lovin' it! I can't wait to find out more. Once again, thank you for your input. Take care.............

by MAKESNOSHADOW on 2012-09-16 22:06:15

Hello everyone. I've been off the site for some time now, but I'm back to see if there are any new sources concerning my family name of "HEHIR" Elainehee was very helpful and informative the last time I was here. Don't know if you're still around. Last time we talked was 2011-05-25. So, if there are any HEHIRS out there,I would be pleased to hear from you. If anyone has any information at all, please contact me here.
My home town is Cornwall, county of Stormont, in eastern Ontario, Canada. Thank you.

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