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The ancient Gaelic form of the Irish name Deegan was O Dubhaigan. The first portion of the name is the word dubh, which means black; the second portion is likely some obsolete Irish personal name.

Deegan Early Origins



The surname Deegan was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where O'DuilAgin, O'Dugan, (or O'Deegan), chief of Muintir ConIochta, a district in the parish of Tomgraney, in the barony of Tullagh. The family line is directly traceable to Fergus Mor (Fergus the Great). In turn his ancestry is associated with King Ir, brother of the equally famous Heremon. The name was first found near what is now the town of Fermoy, in the territory formerly known as Roche's Country. This territory encompassed the junction of the counties Cork, Tipperary and Waterford. In modern times, the surname is generally found in these three counties. However, there was another O'Dugan sept in the territory called Ui Maine, also called Hy Many, which spans eastern county Galway and southern county Roscommon. This sept gave their name to the place called Ballyduggan, near Loughrea.

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Deegan Spelling Variations


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Deegan Spelling Variations



Throughout the early history of this name, spellings of the surname in various records changed frequently largely due to the recorder's interpretation of how the name sounded at the time of the entry. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Deegan family name include Dugan, Duggan, O'Duggan, Dougan, Douggan, Dewgan, Deugan and many more.

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Deegan Early History


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Deegan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deegan research. Another 404 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1813, 1896, 1813, 1896, 1823 and 1884 are included under the topic Early Deegan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deegan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Deegan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deegan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Irish families began to migrate to North America in the late 18th century in the hopes of gaining their own plot of land. The majority of these early immigrant families were relatively well off because the transatlantic passage was costly. As a result the decision to immigrate was carefully made. Those immigrants that arrived in the late 1840s differed because their decision to leave was in direct response to the Great Potato Famine. Many of the families that crossed the Atlantic during this decade were destitute, either having spent all they had on the fare or even starting with nothing, but being sponsored by a philanthropic society. Whenever, these Irish families came to North America, they were made great contributions to the developing nations of the United States and what would come to be known as Canada: the earlier settlers as land clearing homesteaders, and the later immigrants as the muscle that would build the industries and routes of transportation so critical to a powerful nation. Research into the passenger and immigration lists has shown many early and significant Irish immigrants bearing the name Deegan:

Deegan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Deegan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Deegan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Deegan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • Patrick Deegan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Patrick Deegan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Deegan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Deegan, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deegan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Deegan (post 1700)



  • William Joseph Deegan (1874-1957), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • William Francis Deegan (1882-1932), American architect
  • Patricia E. Deegan, American disability-rights advocate, psychologist and researcher
  • William Edward John "Bill" Deegan (b. 1935), former American Major League Baseball umpire
  • Brian Deegan (b. 1980), American professional Freestyle Motocross rider
  • Donna Deegan, currently an American author, breast cancer awareness advocate, and weekday television anchor
  • Mildred Eleanor Deegan (1919-2002), American pitcher, outfielder and second basewoman
  • John M. Deegan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1956, 1964
  • J. A. Deegan, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Bridgeport, West Virginia, 1944-46, 1949-50
  • Deborah Deegan, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1972
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    11. ...

    The Deegan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deegan 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 1 December 2016 at 16:37.

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