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While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, all Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name Colgan is O Cuileagain.

Colgan Early Origins



The surname Colgan was first found in County Derry, also known as Londonderry where they claim descent from the O'Conors (Faley) through Cumasach, brother of Aeneas, having derived their surname from the Irish "colg" which means "sword," thus the name Colgan was a "swordsman," a quo Clann Colgain. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

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Colgan Spelling Variations


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Colgan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Colgan, MacColgan, McColgan, O'Colgan and others.

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Colgan Early History


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Colgan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colgan research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1657, 1658 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Colgan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colgan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colgan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colgan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colgan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Colgan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Hugh Colgan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • John Colgan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • George Colgan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Patrick Colgan, aged 36, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Colgan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Colgan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Ann Colgan, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • William Colgan, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mr. Honora Colgan, aged 19 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Industry" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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. 19)
  • Miss. Judith Colgan, aged 17 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Munn" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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. 19)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Colgan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Colgan, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Anne Colgan, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • Patrick Colgan, aged 50, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
  • Laurence Colgan, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
  • James Colgan, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Colgan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Colgan, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Bridget Colgan, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
  • Rose Colgan, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
  • Eliza Colgan, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colgan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Colgan (post 1700)



  • Flavia Colgan (b. 1977), American Democratic strategist
  • Charles J. "Chuck" Colgan (b. 1926), American Democratic politician and businessman from Virginia
  • Charles J Colgan (b. 1926), American politician and businessman, Virginia State Senator (1976-), founder of Colgan Air, an American certificated regional airline in 1965
  • F. Gerard Colgan (1907-2004), Irish politician, Mayor of Galway (19761977)
  • Nathaniel Colgan (1851-1919), Irish naturalist
  • Michael Colgan (b. 1953), Irish independent politician and trade union official
  • Nick Colgan (b. 1973), Irish former football goalkeeper
  • Michael Colgan OBE (b. 1950), Irish producer, Artistic Director of Gate Theatre, Dublin
  • Rev. Joseph Colgan (1824-1911), Archbishop of Madras, from Westmeath
  • Michael Colgan, born Michael Hughes, in Keady, County Armagh, a Northern Ireland-born actor, known for his work in the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Colgan Historic Events


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Colgan Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. E. Joseph Colgan, aged 33, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus probata florescit
Motto Translation: Tried virtue flourishes.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  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. 19)

Other References

  1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  11. ...

The Colgan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colgan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 June 2016 at 20:44.

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