Degnan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Degnan family

The surname Degnan was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1200 when Peter de Dagginhall held estates.

Early History of the Degnan family

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Degnan Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Degnan were recorded, including Dagnall, Dagnell, Degnall, Degnell, Daignall and many more.

Early Notables of the Degnan family (pre 1700)

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United States Degnan migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Degnan family emigrate to North America:

Degnan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Degnan, who arrived in America in 1846
  • Alexander Degnan, who settled in Philadelphia in 1858
  • James Degnan, who settled in New Orleans in 1869
  • D Degnan, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1892
  • Francis Degnan, aged 2, who landed in America from Workington, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Degnan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • David Degnan, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1901
  • Bridget Degnan, aged 32, who settled in America from Ballyhaunis, in 1904
  • Bridget Degnan, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Longfork, Ireland, in 1906
  • Degnan, who immigrated to America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie Degnan, aged 26, who landed in America from Derries, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Degnan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Degnan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Degnan, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

New Zealand Degnan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Degnan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Winifred Degnan, (b. 1856), aged 18, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Degnan (post 1700) +

  • John A. Degnan (b. 1960), American politician, former mayor of Brewster, New York (2005 to 2007)
  • James P. Degnan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 33rd District, 1897 [2]
  • James Degnan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928 [2]
  • Helena F. Degnan, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1992 [2]
  • Frank A. Degnan, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska Territorial House of Representatives 2nd District, 1951-52; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1952 [2]
  • Frances Ann Degnan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alaska, 2012 [2]
  • Dan Degnan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952 [2]
  • Chuck Degnan, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 20th District, 1973-74 [2]
  • Charles Degnan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 2008 [2]
  • Bernard M. Degnan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940, 1948 (alternate) [2]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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