Egen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Egen family in Ireland was Mac Aodhagain, which means son of Aodh, a personal name usually Anglicized as Hugh.

Early Origins of the Egen family

The surname Egen 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.

Early History of the Egen family

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

Egen Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Egen family name. Variations found include Egan, Eagan, Keegan, MacEgan, Kegan, Keagan and many more.

Early Notables of the Egen family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Egen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Egen migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Egen:

Egen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christoph Egen, who landed in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Christoph Egen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Johan Egen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
Egen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Egen, aged 32, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Egen (post 1700) +

  • Joseph L. Egen Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories


The Egen 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. ^ 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)


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