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O'regan Surname History



Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name O'regan is O Riagain. In County Waterford, the Gaelic form O Reagain is used.


Early Origins of the O'regan family


The surname O'regan was first found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

One of the oldest records of the family was Morice Regan ( fl. 1171), an Irish interpreter. He is stated in an old French poem, of which the only text begins 'Par soen demeine latimer.' He is thought to have acted as an interpreter and herald, or envoy in the service of Diarmaid MacMurchada, King of Leinster. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


Early History of the O'regan family


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O'regan Spelling Variations


The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the O'regan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Reagan, Regan, O'Regan, O'Reagan and others.

Early Notables of the O'regan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the O'regan family to the New World and Oceana


Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name O'regan:

O'regan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Teage Oregan, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [2]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)

O'regan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James, John, Patrick, Thomas and William O'Regan, who all arrived at Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

O'regan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen O'Regan, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Cork, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ellie O'Regan, aged 30, who landed in America from Timoleague, Ireland, in 1908
  • Daniel O'Regan, aged 20, who landed in America from Drimoleague, Ireland, in 1910
  • Annie O'Regan, aged 48, who landed in America from Skibbereen, Ireland, in 1913
  • Cissie O'Regan, aged 20, who settled in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'regan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine O'Regan, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
  • Cornelius O'Regan, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Timothy O'Regan, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Mr. Patrick O'Regan, (b. 1838), aged 25, Irish labourer travelling from Queenstown, Ireland aboard the ship "Golden Empire" arriving in Brisbane, Australia in July 1863 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Golden Empire (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.ozlists.com/genies/shipping/special_lists/s_golden_empire.htm
  • Mrs. Kate O'Regan, (b. 1844), aged 19, Irish settler travelling from Queenstown, Ireland aboard the ship "Golden Empire" arriving in Brisbane, Australia in July 1863 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Golden Empire (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.ozlists.com/genies/shipping/special_lists/s_golden_empire.htm

O'regan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Michael O'Regan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Elizabeth O'Regan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. Michael O'Regan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. Patrick O'Regan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. William O'Regan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name O'regan (post 1700)


  • Private Michael O'Regan (1846-1933), American soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry in fighting Apache Indians in the Arizona Territory
  • Anthony O'Regan (1809-1866), Irish-born, American Catholic clergyman, Bishop of Chicago (1854 to 1858)
  • Katherine Victoria O'Regan QSO (1946-2018), née Newton, a New Zealand politician, Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Waipa (1984-1996)
  • Tarik Hamilton O'Regan (b. 1978), British two-time Grammy Award nominated composer
  • Seamus Thomas Harris O'Regan (b. 1971), Canadian broadcast journalist with CTV National News, former host of Canada AM from St. John's, Newfoundland, current Member of the Canadian Parliament for St. John's South-Mount Pearl (2015-)
  • Michael O'Regan OBE (b. 1947), English economist, co-founder of Research Machines
  • Sir Mark Andrew O'Regan KNZM, New Zealand jurist, Justice of the Supreme Court (2014-)
  • Denis O'Regan (b. 1953), English rock photographer. known for his images of Queen, David Bowie, and Duran Duran

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Citations


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Golden Empire (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.ozlists.com/genies/shipping/special_lists/s_golden_empire.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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