Dignan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dignan family

The surname Dignan was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first records of the name was Richard and John Dikeman who were listed in the Curia Regus Rolls of 1206. [1]

Early History of the Dignan family

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Dignan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dickman, Digman, Dikeman, Dignan, Dignam and many more.

Early Notables of the Dignan family (pre 1700)

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United States Dignan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dignan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bryan Dignan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [2]
Dignan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Dignan, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [2]
  • William Dignan, who arrived in New York in 1822 [2]
  • Patrick Dignan, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Bernard Dignan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [2]
  • Briget Dignan, aged 17, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]

Canada Dignan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dignan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Dignan, aged 60 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Progress" departing from the port of New Ross, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Dignan, aged 26 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Progress" departing 5th May 1847 from New Ross, Ireland; the ship arrived on 14th July 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • Mr. William Dignan, aged 5 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Progress" departing 5th May 1847 from New Ross, Ireland; the ship arrived on 14th July 1847 but he died on board [4]

New Zealand Dignan 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:

Dignan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Dignan, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Sophia Pate

Contemporary Notables of the name Dignan (post 1700) +

  • Peter A. Dignan, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Jacksonville, Florida, 1914-19 [5]
  • John R. Dignan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1924 [5]
  • Herman Henry Dignan (1890-1956), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Shiawassee County, 1935-38; Member of Michigan State Senate 15th District, 1939-42 [5]
  • Patrick Dignan (1814-1894), New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament in Auckland, New Zealand


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 73)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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