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Where did the Irish Duggins family come from? What is the Irish Duggins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Duggins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Duggins family history?

The ancient Gaelic form of the Irish name Duggins 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 scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Duggins that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Dugan, Duggan, O'Duggan, Dougan, Douggan, Dewgan, Deugan and many more.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duggins 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 Duggins History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Duggins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Irish emigration to North America began modestly in the late 18th century. At this time, Irish families made the journey to British North America and the United States by choice and after careful consideration: they were primarily in search of a suitably large stretch of land to call their own. This pattern would change most dramatically during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For example, the years 1825-1845 saw approximately 450,000 heading to British North America and 400,000 to the United States, but in 1847, at the height of the famine, it is estimated that more than 104,000 Irish immigrants went to British North America and more than 119,000 to the United States. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Duggins:

Duggins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Duggins, aged 24, who arrived in America from England, in 1894
  • Mrs. Ann Duggins, aged 49, who arrived in America from Birmingham, England, in 1895

Duggins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • J. M. Duggins, aged 55, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1902
  • Nora Duggins, aged 36, who arrived in America from Bermuda, in 1905
  • Alfred Duggins, aged 19, who arrived in America from St. Kitts, British West Indies, in 1911
  • Walter A. Duggins, aged 25, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1914
  • Evangaline Duggins, aged 17, who arrived in America from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1920


  • James Duggins, American writer and academic, founder of The Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize
  • Edward C. "E.C." Duggins (1912-1960), American head football coach for the Appalachian State Mountaineers


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The Duggins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Duggins 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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