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Gregan Surname History



Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Gregan is "O Gormghaile" in Connacht, or "O Goirmleadhaigh" in Ulster.


Early Origins of the Gregan family


The surname Gregan was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where the Gregan family held a seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Gregan family


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Gregan 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 Gregan were encountered in the archives: Gormley, O'Gormley, Grehan, Gormleigh, Gormly, Gormlie, Grimes and many more.

Early Notables of the Gregan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gregan family to the New World and Oceana


Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Gregan:

Gregan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Gregan, who landed in Virginia in 1769-1770 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Gregan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Gregan, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Michael Gregan, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mary Gregan, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • James Gregan, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Eva Gregan, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894

Gregan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice Gregan, aged 27, who landed in America from Ennis, in 1903
  • James Gregan, aged 33, who landed in America from Ennis, Ireland, in 1908
  • Teresa Gregan, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • Daniel Gregan, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Newmarket on Fergus, Ireland, in 1909
  • Kate Gregan, aged 27, who landed in America from Birkdale, England, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gregan (post 1700)


  • Eugene Gregan (b. 1937), American landscape painter
  • John Edgar Gregan (1813-1855), Scottish architect
  • Frank Gregan, English former manager and footballer
  • Sean Matthew Gregan (b. 1974), English professional footballer
  • George Musarurwa Gregan AM (b. 1973), Australian rugby union halfback

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Citations


  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)


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