Eagan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Eagan family

The surname Eagan was 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.

Important Dates for the Eagan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eagan research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Eagan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eagan Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Eagan were encountered in the archives: Egan, Eagan, Keegan, MacEgan, Kegan, Keagan and many more.

Early Notables of the Eagan family (pre 1700)

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Eagan migration to the United States

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 Eagan family came to North America quite early:

Eagan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Eagan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Eagan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Eagan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [1]
  • Francis Eagan, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • T Eagan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Charles Eagan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Ellen Eagan, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Eagan migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eagan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Nicholas Eagan U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
Eagan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward Eagan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1807
  • Gilbert Eagan, aged 32, a yeoman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mary Eagan, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

Eagan migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Eagan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Eagan, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [3]
  • Michael Eagan, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"

Eagan migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Eagan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Georgina Eagan, aged 19, a housemaid, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Eagan (post 1700)

  • Jack Eagan (1878-1937), American boxer who won a sliver and bronze at the 1904 Olympic games
  • James J. "Jim" Eagan (1926-2000), American politician, Mayor of Florissant, Missouri
  • John Joseph Eagan (1872-1956), American Democratic Party politician
  • Kevin Eagan (b. 1954), retired American soccer defender who played in the North American Soccer League
  • William "Bill" Eagan (1869-1905), American professional baseball player
  • Margery Eagan (b. 1954), American columnist with the Boston Herald, a talk radio host, frequent guest on CNN, ABC, Fox News
  • Charles Eugene "Truck" Eagan (1877-1949), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Daisy Eagan (b. 1979), American actress
  • Edward "Eddie" Patrick Francis Eagan (1897-1967), two-time American Olympic gold medalist
  • Brian A. Eagan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 2008 [4]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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