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

The surname Meegan originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.

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Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Meegan dating from that time include Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

First found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meegan research. Another 204 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Meegan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meegan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Meegan or a variant listed above:

Meegan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Meegan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Meegan Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Marie Meegan, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, in 1905
  • Katey Meegan, aged 21, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1906
  • James Meegan, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Carrickduff, Ireland, in 1906
  • Frank Meegan, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Kate Meegan, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Dramber, Ireland, in 1910


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  • Dave Meegan, American record producer
  • Peter James "Steady Pete" Meegan (1862-1905), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Patrick "Paddy" Meegan (1922-2012), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • George Meegan (b. 1952), British long-distance walker, best known for his unbroken walk from the southern tip of South America to the northernmost part of Alaska


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  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Meegan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meegan 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.

This page was last modified on 18 January 2013 at 08:25.

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