Show ContentsEagen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Eagen family in Ireland was Mac Aodhagain, which means "son of Aodh, son of fire," a personal name usually Anglicized as Hugh. A Brehon family originally of Uí Maine, which settled in Ormond. [1]

The family claim descent from Saint and Bishop Eoghan (d. 618), "of Ardsratha, now Ardstraw, in the county of Tyrone and diocese of Derry. Descended from Ugaine Mor on the father's side he was thus connected by kindred with the chieftains of Leinster, while through his mother, Muindech, he claimed relationship with the Ulster families." [2]

Another source confirms the name descends from "the cineal Eoghain, [who] were the ' genus' or progeny of Eoghan, a great Irish chief contemporary with St. Patrick. The name is Anglicized to Owen and Eugene. " [3]

Early Origins of the Eagen family

The surname Eagen was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

The ancient Egans were lawyers of Ui Maine, a region which is today called Galway, Roscommon and Offaly. The earliest surviving Irish law manuscript, In Senchas Már, was written prior to 1350 at a school (patronized by Mac Aodhagain) at Duniry, near Loughrea.

Early History of the Eagen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eagen research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Eagen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eagen Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Eagen family name include Egan, Eagan, Keegan, MacEgan, Kegan, Keagan and many more.

Early Notables of the Eagen family (pre 1700)

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United States Eagen migration to the United States +

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Eagen to North America:

Eagen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margt. Eagen, aged 30, who landed in America from Dundee, in 1898
  • Thomas Eagen, aged 9, who landed in America from Dundee, in 1898
  • Willie Eagen, aged 1, who settled in America from Dundee, in 1898
Eagen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Eagen, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mary M. Eagen, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Templemore, Ireland, in 1909
  • Catherine Eagen, aged 1, who settled in America from Co. Louth, Ireland, in 1911
  • Edward James Eagen, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States from Co. Louth, Ireland, in 1911
  • Frances Eagen, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Eagen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eagen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Eagen, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Australia Eagen migration to Australia +

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

Eagen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Eagen, aged 54, a warden, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eagen (post 1700) +

  • Michael J. Eagen (1907-1987), American jurist, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1977-1980), Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1959-1977)
  • Lisa Eagen (b. 1971), retired American team handball athlete at the 1996 Summer Olympics

The Eagen Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortitudine et prudentia
Motto Translation: With fortitude and prudence.

  1. MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Isle of Thanet 1854. Retrieved on Facebook