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Where did the Irish Carrigan family come from? When did the Carrigan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carrigan family history?

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Carrigan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Corragain.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Carrigan, Caragan, Caraghen, Carigan, Carignan, Carragan, O'Carrigan, Corrigan, Corigan, O'Corrigan, Corigon, Corrigon, Corrigen, Korrigan, Korigan, Currigan, Courigan, Currigen, Kurrigan, Corregan, Coregan, Corigen, Korrigen, Korigen, Kurigan and many more.

First found in Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, in Ulster, where they are known to have been located since the 9th century. This family was related to the Maguires, and both families claim descent from the three Collas, who were Irish kings during the 4th century. Those of the Carrigan family is now scattered widely across Ireland, with the exception of Munster, where they are uncommon. The dispersion of the family had already taken place by the 16th century, when bearers of the name were recorded in the counties of Meath, Monaghan, Offaly and Roscommon. Petty's census of 1659, lists Corrigan and O'Corrigan as among the most common names in the counties of Fermanagh, Longford and Offaly.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrigan research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1839, 1902, 1802, 1880 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Carrigan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carrigan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carrigan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Carrigan, who landed in America in 1782

Carrigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Carrigan, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Wm Carrigan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Neal Carrigan, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Carrigan, aged 43, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Carrigan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812

Carrigan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Peter Carrigan U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783

Carrigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Martin Carrigan settled in Harbour Grace in 1815
  • Mary Ann Carrigan, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal
  • James Carrigan, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal

Carrigan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Carrigan, aged 19, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Carrigan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Carrigan, aged 21, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Anne Carrigan, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
  • Mary Carrigan, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878


  • William Francis Carrigan (1883-1969), nicknamed "Rough", American Major League Baseball catcher from Lewiston, Maine
  • James R. Carrigan (b. 1929), former United States federal judge
  • William Francis Carrigan (1883-1969), American Major League baseball catcher
  • Jerry Carrigan (b. 1943), American drummer and record producer
  • William Carrigan (b. 1924), Irish canon of the diocese of Ossory and historian
  • Sara Carrigan OAM (b. 1980), Australian professional cyclist, Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Eugene Carrigan (1907-1945), Canadian professional hockey centerman
  • Kim Carrigan (b. 1958), Australia's leading exponent of rockclimbing during the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Aubrey Herbert Carrigan (b. 1917), former Australian first-class cricketer
  • Brian Carrigan (b. 1979), Scottish footballer



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