Hegarty Family CrestThe Irish surname Hegarty is an anglicized form of the  Gaelic name  Ó hÉigceartaigh  meaning “descendant of Éigceartach,”  a byname meaning “unjust.” The name Hegarty is very numerous in counties Cork, Derry, Donegal and Mayo.The family were a sept of Cineál Eoghain in Derry. There was another group, a branch of the Eoghanacht who were the ruling group in county Cork. Notable bearers of the name were Lt.-Col Hegarty of Lally's Regiment, who, in 1747, was rewarded for his service by Louis XV of France, and Peter O'Hegarty who was made Governor of the Isle of Bourbon. 

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