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O'Higgins - Ó hUigin - d'Eguino

Uí hUigin - Ó hUigin - O'Higgins - Higgins


Origin of the Name (contd.)

Over time the name has evolved from Uí hUiginn to Ó hUigin to O?Higgins and to Higgins today. The designation Muintir Uí hUiginn described the sept as a whole and is translated literally as the "people who are descended from Uiginn".

From the 12th to 15th century the records record the surname mostly as Uí hUiginn meaning descended from Uiginn. However from the 16th century the name became anglicized as O'Higgins. When the family seats in Sligo and Meath were lost by 1654 to the English Parliament some members of the family further anglicised their name dropping the prefix resulting in "Higgins" being more commonly used today. Since the beginning of the 20th century some members of the sept have begun to use the "O" prefix again.