Dugan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Gaelic form of the Irish name Dugan 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.

Early Origins of the Dugan family

The surname Dugan 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.

Early History of the Dugan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dugan research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1813, 1896, 1813, 1896, 1823 and 1884 are included under the topic Early Dugan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dugan Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Dugan are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Dugan included Dugan, Duggan, O'Duggan, Dougan, Douggan, Dewgan, Deugan and many more.

Early Notables of the Dugan family (pre 1700)

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United States Dugan migration to the United States +

In the 18th and 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants landed on North American shores. Although many of them were merely looking for a free plot of land and living of their very own, many later immigrants were desperately fleeing an overcrowded land that did not have sufficient food for its inhabitants. The exodus from Ireland was greatest during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine had stricken the island. Although this large influx of Irish was unpopular with the great majority of people already established within the major centers, these Irish were critical to the speedy development of the United States and those colonies that would eventually become known as Canada. These immigrants provided the cheap labor required to build modern roads, bridges, canals, and railways. Research of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of immigrants to North America baring the name of Dugan:

Dugan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Dugan who settled in New York State in 1775
  • Neal Dugan, who landed in America in 1795 [1]
  • Neil Dugan, who arrived in America in 1795 [1]
  • Thomas Dugan, who landed in America in 1795 [1]
  • William Dugan, who landed in New York in 1798 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dugan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Dugan, aged 21, who arrived in America in 1821 [1]
  • Edward Dugan, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1821
  • John Dugan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Michael Dugan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • J Dugan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dugan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dugan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry Duker U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John Dugenberry U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1786 [2]
Dugan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Dugan, aged 12, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Dugan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Australia Dugan migration to Australia +

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

Dugan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dugan, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge" [3]
  • Margaret Dugan, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [4]
  • Mary Dugan, aged 18, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [5]
  • Bridget Dugan, aged 38, a washerwoman, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [5]
  • Patrick Dugan, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Dugan 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:

Dugan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John G Dugan, (b. 1837), aged 37, Scottish farm labourer, from Roxburgh travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th February 1875 [7]
  • Catherine Dugan, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Dugan (post 1700) +

  • Alan Dugan (1923-2003), American poet awarded the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Jeff Dugan (b. 1981), American NFL football player with the Minnesota Vikings
  • Raymond Smith Dugan (1878-1940), American astronomer, textbook author and professor at Princeton University
  • Joseph Anthony "Joe" Dugan (1897-1982), American Major League Baseball player (1917 to 1931)
  • Dennis Dugan (b. 1946), American actor and film director
  • Tom Dugan (1889-1955), Irish film actor
  • Michael Dugan (b. 1937), American U.S. Air Force General, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (1990)
  • Darcy Ezekiel Dugan (1920-1991), infamous Australian bank robber
  • Major General Sir Winston Joseph Dugan (1877-1951), British administrator who served as Governor of South Australia
  • Daniel Dugan Reneau Jr. (b. 1940), American academic, President of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, since July 1, 1987


Suggested Readings for the name Dugan +

  • 1462 "Thomas Hinds Duggan (also Dugan) Descendants and Ancestor" by Alice Duggan Gracy, "A Cameo Study of the Descendants of George William Dugan (1810-1885)" by Lucille Dugan.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURGE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/surge1852.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 1st May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1855.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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