Feagin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Feagin 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 Feagin family

The surname Feagin 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 Feagin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feagin research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1423, 1663, 1638 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Feagin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Feagin 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 Feagin family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Fagan, Faggan, Fagin, Feagan, Fegan, Feighan, Fieghan and many more.

Early Notables of the Feagin family (pre 1700)

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


United States Feagin 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 Feagin:

Feagin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest Feagin, aged 26, who immigrated to America, in 1908
  • Lucy Feagin, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Lucy Feagin, aged 48, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Feagin (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Wiley Feagin (1937-1990), American NFL football guard
  • Joe R. Feagin, American sociologist and social theorist who has conducted extensive research on racial and gender issues from San Angelo, Texas
  • Mrs. Ralph Feagin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1952 [1]
  • J. C. Feagin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1912 [1]


The Feagin 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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