The vast majority of those bearing the Higgins surname today are descended from the sept of Ó hUigín which was based in the midlands. The name comes from the Gaelic “uiginn” meaning ‘viking’. The clan is famous for its poets. It produced 8 poets from the 13th to the 17th century. Today, the name is ranked as eighty-third most numerous in the country, with over half of the bearers of the name residing in the western province of Connacht.