The history of the name Deagan dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a deacon, an officer in the church. The occupation
appears in the Old French as diacne,
in Old English as diacon
and in Old English as deakne.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived "from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of David.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Deagan family
The surname Deagan was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Deagan family
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Deagan Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Deagan has undergone many spelling variations
, including Deakin, Deacon, Deakan, Deakins, Dekne, Diakne and many more.
Early Notables of the Deagan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deagan family to Ireland
Some of the Deagan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Deagan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Deagan were among those contributors: John Deacon who settled in Maine in 1628; and Martha Deacon who settled in Virginia in 1637; Alice Deacon settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Avis Deacon settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Deagan 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: In utrumque utroque paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for both.