Milligan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Milligan surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Patronymic Ó Maolagáin, or "descendant of Maolagán," which is composed of the element "maol," meaning "bald’."

Early Origins of the Milligan family

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

Important Dates for the Milligan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Milligan research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1431 is included under the topic Early Milligan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Milligan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mulligan, O'Mulligan, Mullican, Mullighan, Mulliken and many more.

Early Notables of the Milligan family (pre 1700)

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Milligan migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milligan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bryant Milligan, who is on record in Virginia in 1705
  • Bryant Milligan, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Mary Milligan, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1774 [1]
  • Agnes Milligan, aged 31, who landed in New York in 1774 [1]
Milligan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Milligan, aged 28, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • William Milligan, aged 59, who landed in Kentucky in 1812 [1]
  • John Milligan, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [1]
  • Margaret Milligan, aged 20, who arrived in Oswegatchie River, NY in 1822 [1]
  • Samuel Milligan, aged 30, who arrived in Oswegatchie River, NY in 1822 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Milligan migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milligan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Milligan, aged 50, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Robert Milligan, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • Maurice Milligan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1840
  • Ms. Mary Milligan, aged 20 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Greenock" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Michael Milligan, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wolfville" departing 25th April 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
Milligan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Miss J A Milligan, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Milligan migration to Australia

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

Milligan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Milligan, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mary Milligan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • John Milligan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [6]
  • Melville Milligan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [7]
  • Sarah Milligan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Milligan 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:

Milligan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Milligan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th June 1861 [8]
  • Miss Jane Milligan, (b. 1861), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [8]
  • Mr. Hugh Milligan, (b. 1833), aged 28, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [8]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Milligan, (b. 1835), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [8]
  • Mr. James Milligan, (b. 1845), aged 16, British painter travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Milligan (post 1700)

  • Lambdin Purdy Milligan (1812-1899), American lawyer, farmer, and leader of the Knights of the Golden Circle during the American Civil War
  • John "Jocko" Milligan (1861-1923), American Major League baseball catcher
  • John Jones Milligan (1795-1875), American lawyer and politician, Associate Justice Delaware Superior Court (1839-1864)
  • Andy Milligan (1929-1991), American playwright, screenwriter, cinematographer, actor, film editor, producer, and director
  • George Stanley Milligan, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Lexington, Kentucky, 1952-53 [9]
  • George F. Milligan, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State Senate 31st District; Elected 1970 [9]
  • Fred G. Milligan Jr., American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 5th District, 1915-16; Defeated, 1938, 1940 [9]
  • Frank Milligan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1952 [9]
  • Dennis Milligan, American Republican politician, Arkansas Republican State Chair, 2008; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 2008 [9]
  • C. A. Milligan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1932 [9]
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Milligan family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Gilbert D.  Milligan (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Lawrence W. Milligan, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [11]
  • John McIsaac Milligan (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Weldon Hawvey Milligan, American Seaman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]

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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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 47)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 89)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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