Ferrigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Ferrigan family in Ireland was O Fuarain or in some records O Furanain.

Early Origins of the Ferrigan family

The surname Ferrigan was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they were firstly known as Macgiollarnath or Mac Gilla na Naomh, meaning 'son of the devotee of the saints', which, through mistranslation and time emerged as an off-shoot of the main Clan through a chieftain O'Fuarthain or O'Fuarain, which, in English, became Ferrigan.

Early History of the Ferrigan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrigan research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1355, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Ferrigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ferrigan Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Ferrigan revealed many variations, including Foran, Forhane, Forahan, Forhan, Foreham and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferrigan family (pre 1700)

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


United States Ferrigan 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 Ferrigan:

Ferrigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Geo Ferrigan, aged 32, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • George Ferrigan, aged 32, who landed in New Castle, Wilmington and Philadelphia in 1803 [1]
  • John Ferrigan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1829 [1]
  • Mathew Ferrigan, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1889 [1]


The Ferrigan 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: Lucrum Christi mihi
Motto Translation: Without Christ, there is no light.


  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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