Colligan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 Colligan is "O Cuileagain."
Early Origins of the Colligan family
The surname Colligan was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Colligan family
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Colligan Spelling Variations
Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Colligan were found in the archives researched. These included Culligan, Colligan, Quilligan, O'Quilligan, O'Culligan, O'Colligan, Coligan, Culigan, Colgan and many more.
Early Notables of the Colligan family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Colligan is the 13,830th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Colligan migration to the United States +
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Colligan or a variant listed above:
Colligan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Arthur, Bernard, and Thomas Colligan, who, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1640 to 1670
Colligan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Catherine Colligan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 
- Patrick Colligan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 
- Arthur Colligan, who landed in New York in 1840 
- John Colligan, aged 19, who landed in New York in 1854 
Colligan migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Colligan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Colligan, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
- Michael Colligan, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
- Patrick Colligan, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
- Kate Colligan, aged 18, a laundress, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
Contemporary Notables of the name Colligan (post 1700) +
- John C. "Bud" Colligan (b. 1954), American community activist and entrepreneur, former Chairman and CEO of Macromedia
- Edward "Ed" Colligan (b. 1961), American former president and CEO of Palm, Inc
- George Colligan (b. 1969), American jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader
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The Colligan 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.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)