The surname Feahen 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 Feahen family
The surname Feahen 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 Feahen family
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Feahen Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided the early scribes and church officials in recording names. This process of estimation often produced to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Feahen are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of that name included Fagan, Faggan, Fagin, Feagan, Fegan, Feighan, Fieghan and many more.
Early Notables of the Feahen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Feahen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Feahen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Feahen, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
The Feahen 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.