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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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

The surname Logan comes from the original Irish sept name O Leoghain. It has sometimes been unusually mistranslated into Duck, the Irish word for duck being "lacha" which bears only a slight similarity to the original. The surname sometimes appears as Logan, but in many cases, especially in Ulster, this name is of Scottish descendent, brought to Ireland by the plantations.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lohan, O'Lohan, Loughan, Loghan, Logan, Duck and others.

First found in County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where it belonged to the sept whose chiefs were lords of Gailenga Mor, now Morgallion. The annals tell the story of how the men of Teffia (County Meath) slew Cuan O Lothchain, the chief poet of King Malachy II, in 1024 and died miraculously as retribution. Maurice O'Loughan was Bishop of Kilmacduagh from 1254 to 1283. The prominent members of the O Leochain sept were driven across the river Shannon by the Anglo-Norman invasion.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Logan research. Another 178 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1439, 1806, 1839, 1853, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Logan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Logan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Logan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • David Logan who settled in Virginia in 1740
  • William Logan, who arrived in Augusta County, Va in 1740
  • Colon Logan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Darby Logan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • John Logan with his wife and two children settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765

Logan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Logan, who arrived in America in 1801
  • David Logan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Wm Logan, aged 36, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Geo Logan, aged 30, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Geo, Logan Jr., aged 25, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804


  • John Alexander Logan (1826-1886), American soldier and political leader
  • Robert F. Logan Jr. (b. 1941), American actor
  • Robert Dean "Bob" Logan (1910-1978), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Hugh Logan (1834-1903), American Captain of the Afterguard in the Union Navy, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient
  • Jacqueline Logan (1901-1983), American silent movie actress
  • James Marion Logan (1920-1999), United States Army soldier, Medal of Honor recipient
  • James Harvey Logan (1841-1928), American horticulturist, creator of the loganberry
  • John Logan (1747-1807), American pioneer and Indian fighter who fought with Daniel Boone
  • John Alexander Logan Jr. (1865-1899), American United States Army General, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Brigadier-General Francis Vincent Logan (b. 1891), American Assistant Commanding General 26th Division (1942-1943)



  • Historic Families of Kentucky by Thomas Marshall Green.
  • Those Who Have Gone Before by Miriam Halbert Bales.

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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.


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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
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The Logan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Logan 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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