Ahern, also Aherne (Irish: Ó hEachtighearna/Ó hEachthairn) is an Irish surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Members of the political Ahern family in IrelandEdit

Other peopleEdit

  • Aoife Ahern, Dean of Engineering at University College, Dublin

Other usesEdit

In the same way that the onomatopoeic expression "rhubarb-rhubarb" was used to represent the sounds uttered by members of the British House of Commons, "hearn-hearn" was often used in the Goon Show to represent the sounds uttered by speakers of US English (e.g., The Sleeping Prince).[1]

The Irish sept of Ahearn/Ahern descends from Echthighern mac Cennétig.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Goon Show Site – Script – The Sleeping Prince (Series 7, Episode 6)". Thegoonshow.net. 14 February 1957. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  2. ^ Edwaed MacLysaght, "The Surnames of Ireland", Dublin (1991)