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The ancient Gaelic form of the Irish name Dougan 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.


The surname Dougan was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) 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.

Many different spelling variations of the surname Dougan exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Dugan, Duggan, O'Duggan, Dougan, Douggan, Dewgan, Deugan and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dougan research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1813, 1896, 1813, 1896, 1823 and 1884 are included under the topic Early Dougan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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


During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Dougan:

Dougan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Dougan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • John Dougan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Michael Dougan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • M Dougan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Hugh Dougan, who landed in America in 1855
  • ...

Dougan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Dougan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Catherine Dougan, aged 25, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
  • James Dougan, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Anne Dougan, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Olivia Dougan, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • ...

  • Brady W. Dougan (b. 1959), American businessman
  • Alexander Derek Dougan (1938-2007), Northern Irish professional footballer
  • Benjamin Hayes Dougan (1867-1940), Canadian physician and politician
  • Thomas Dougan (b. 1915), Scottish footballer
  • Susan Dougan (b. 1974), Northern Irish afternoon presenter on Radio Cambridgeshire
  • Maxwell Spalding "Max" Dougan, Scottish former professional footballer
  • Ángel Serafín Seriche Dougan (b. 1946), Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea
  • Jackie Dougan (1930-1973), British jazz drummer
  • Bobby Dougan (1926-2010), Scottish association football player
  • George Dougan (1891-1955), dispensary doctor and MP for Central Armagh in the Parliament of Northern Ireland
  • ...

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    Other References

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    6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Dougan Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Dougan 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.

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