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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 Colken is O Cuileagain.

Early Origins of the Colken family


The surname Colken 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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Early History of the Colken family

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Early History of the Colken family


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

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Colken Spelling Variations

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Colken Spelling Variations


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

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Early Notables of the Colken family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Colken family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Colken family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Colken family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick Colgan, who arrived in New York in 1761; John Colgan, who arrived in New Jersey in 1771; Edward McColgan, who came to New Castle, DE in 1771; John McColgan, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1816.

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The Colken Motto

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The Colken 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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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)

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