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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."

Colligan Early Origins



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.

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Colligan Spelling Variations


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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.

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Colligan Early History


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Colligan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colligan research. Another 429 words (31 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colligan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colligan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colligan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Colligan 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



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 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, landed in New York in 1854

Colligan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Colligan, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Michael Colligan, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Patrick Colligan, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Kate Colligan, aged 18, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colligan (post 1700)


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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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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Colligan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colligan 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 03:57.

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