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Where did the Irish Egan family come from? What is the Irish Egan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Egan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Egan family history?

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Egan family in Ireland was Mac Aodhagain, which means son of Aodh, a personal name usually Anglicized as Hugh.

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Many spelling variations of the surname Egan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Egan, Eagan, Keegan, MacEgan, Kegan, Keagan and many more.

First found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Egan research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Egan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Egan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Egan family came to North America quite early:

Egan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • LaughIan Egan, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Egan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Charles Egan, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Christian Egan, aged 17, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Philip Egan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Barnaby Egan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Rev. Michael Egan who became Bishop of Philadelphia in 1790

Egan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary, Egan Jr., aged 27, landed in Charlestown, Maw in 1803
  • Thos Egan, aged 29, landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803
  • Joshua Egan, who landed in New York in 1813
  • William Egan, who arrived in New York in 1818
  • P Egan, aged 28, arrived in America in 1821


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  • William Allen Egan (1914-1984), American politician, Governor of Alaska
  • Jennifer Egan (b. 1962), American novelist and short story writer. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Richard Egan (1923-1987), American actor
  • Maurice Francis Egan (1852-1924), American writer and diplomat
  • Mark Egan (b. 1941), American jazz bass player
  • Brigadier-General John Franklin Egan (1898-1996), American Commanding General 33rd Flying Training Wing (1946)
  • Henri Chandler Egan (1884-1936), American Olympic medalist for golf at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Walter Egan (1881-1971), American Olympic gold medalist for golf at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Felim Egan (b. 1952), Irish painter awarded the Premier UNESCO Prize for the Arts in Paris, and he received the Gold Award at Cagnes-sur-Mer in 1997
  • Patrick Egan (1841-1919), Irish and later American, political leader

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  • Egan Ancestors: Hobart, 1574-1928 by Clarence Edward Egan.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortitudine et prudentia
Motto Translation: With fortitude and prudence.

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The Egan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Egan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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