Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Reagen is O Riagain. In County Waterford
, the Gaelic form O Reagain is used.
Early Origins of the Reagen family
The surname Reagen 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Early History of the Reagen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reagen research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Reagen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reagen Spelling Variations
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Reagen that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Reagan, Regan, O'Regan, O'Reagan and others.
Early Notables of the Reagen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reagen family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland
when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Reagen, or one of its variants:
Reagen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John and Michael Reagen, who settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Reagen Family Crest Products
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print