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Where did the Irish Ragan family come from? What is the Irish Ragan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ragan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ragan family history?Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Ragan is O Riagain. In County Waterford, the Gaelic form O Reagain is used.
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached. Research into the name Ragan revealed spelling variations, including Reagan, Regan, O'Regan, O'Reagan and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ragan research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Ragan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Ragan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Ragan or one of its variants:
Ragan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ragan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Ragan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ragan 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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