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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Dungan 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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Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Dungan were found in the archives researched. These included 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.

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, Kildare and Dublin.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dungan research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1300, 1395, 1412, 1413, 1634 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Dungan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dungan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Dungan or a variant listed above, including:

Dungan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Margaret Dungan, who landed in Virginia in 1743

Dungan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Dungan, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852

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  • James Irvine Dungan (1844-1931), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Olive Dungan (1904-1997), American composer of piano and vocal works
  • Frank Dungan, award-winning American television producer and writer
  • Samuel Morrison Dungan (1866-1939), American professional baseball player
  • William Troy Dungan Jr. (b. 1936), American weatherman
  • Ellis R. Dungan (1909-2001), American film director
  • Harry S. Dungan, American Democrat politician, District judge in Nebraska 10th District, 1908-17; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nebraska 5th District, 1920
  • Frank E. Dungan, American politician, Mayor of Elizabethton, Tennessee, 1953-56
  • Dayse Watson Dungan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924
  • D. R. Dungan, American politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1869-75

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