The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Denegan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Donnagain. The first portion of the name is probably derived from "donn," which means "brown," while the second portion of the name is probably derived from and ancient Irish personal name
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Early Origins of the Denegan family
The surname Denegan was first found in County Cork
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
at Muskerry, later moving to Limerick
Early History of the Denegan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denegan research.Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1300, 1395, 1412, 1413, 1634 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Denegan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Denegan Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Denegan family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Donegan, Donnegan, Doneghan, Donneghan, Donagan, Donnagan, Donnaghan, Dunnegan, O'Donegan, O'Dunnegan, O'Donnaghan, Dongan, Donegin, Donnegin, Donnagen, Donagen, Donnegen, Donegen, Donnigan, Donigan, Dunnican, Dunican, Dunnigan, McDunnigan, McDonegan, Dongane, Dongin, Dongen and many more.
Early Notables of the Denegan family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was John Donegan (died 1413), a medieval Manx prelate. After holding the position of Archdeacon of Down, he held three successive bishoprics, Mann and the Isles (Sodor), then... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denegan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Denegan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Denegan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Timothy Denegan, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
- Margaret Denegan, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland