Fagan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Fagan is derived from the Gaelic "O Faodhagain," which in turn comes from the Latin word "paganus," which refers to a "villager" or "peasant."

Early Origins of the Fagan family

The surname Fagan was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they settled in early times.

Early History of the Fagan family

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Fagan Spelling Variations

In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Fagan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Fagan, Faggan, Fagin, Feagan, Fegan, Feighan, Fieghan and many more.

Early Notables of the Fagan family (pre 1700)

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United States Fagan migration to the United States +

Many Irish families left the English-controlled Ireland in the 19th century. Early immigrants were primarily after land and the opportunity of living a life entirely of their own fashioning. In the 1840s, this pattern of immigration changed as the Great Potato Famine struck Ireland. Hundreds of thousands left the diseased and starving island with little expectations but many hopes. By this time there was very little available land in the east, so many immigrants joined the movement for the western frontier lands, or settled in established urban centers. Irish immigrants not only made enormous contributions to the rapid development and population of North America, but they also brought with them a rich cultural heritage. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Fagan:

Fagan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Fagan, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Mary Fagan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Charles Fagan, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James Fagan, aged 45, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Michael Fagan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Fagan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fagan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Fagan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • John Fagan, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • James and Michael Fagan from county Tipperary settled in Port de Grave, Newfoundland in 1844 [2]
  • Mr. Owen Fagan, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Fagan, aged 13 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wandsworth" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 22nd May 1847 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Fagan migration to Australia +

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

Fagan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Fagan, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Fagan, (b. 1815), aged 24, Irish labourer who was convicted in Cavan, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 19th May 1839, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Patrick Fagan, Irish labourer who was convicted in County Westmeath, Ireland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Peter Fagan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [7]
  • Catherine Fagan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Fagan 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:

Fagan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Fagan, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Stephen Fagan, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. John Fagan, (b. 1809), aged 38, Irish settler born in Dublin arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [8]
  • Mrs. Mary Fagan Née O'Hara, (b. 1813), aged 34, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [8]
  • Mr. Michael Fagan, (b. 1830), aged 17, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fagan (post 1700) +

  • Richard Fagan (1947-2016), American songwriter and musician
  • Brian Fagan, American author of popular archaeology books, and emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • James Fleming Fagan (1828-1893), Major General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Myron Coureval Fagan, American playwright, editor, producer and cinematographer
  • Mark M Fagan, American politician, former mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Kevin Fagan, American football player
  • Eleonora Fagan (1915-1959), birth name of Billie Holiday, the American jazz singer and songwriter
  • Charles R. Fagan, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 18th District, 1877-80 [9]
  • Charles Aloysius Fagan (1859-1925), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1896, 1916, 1920 [9]
  • C. Edward Fagan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [9]
  • ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Fagan 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: Deo partriaeque fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to God and my country.


  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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