The original Gaelic form of the Gagahan surname is Mag Eochagain, a patronymic
derived from the personal name
Early Origins of the Gagahan family
The surname Gagahan was first found in the county of Westmeath
(Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster
, in the barony of Moycashel at Kilbeggan where they held a family seat
from ancient times. Traditionally, the Gagahans are said to descend from Fiacha, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Early History of the Gagahan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gagahan research.Another 465 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1186, 1291, 1580, 1600, 1603, 1650, 1689, 1702, 1763, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gagahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gagahan Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Gagahan that are preserved in documents of the family history are Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.
Early Notables of the Gagahan family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Conal MacGeoghegan (circa 1580-1650) Chief of the sept MacGeoghegan, historian who translated the Annals of Clonmacnoise; James MacGeoghegan (1702-1763) of Westmeath... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gagahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gagahan family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families
sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Gagahan: Michael Geoghegan, a Scotch-Irish who arrived in Boston in 1737; Edward Geoghegan, who came to Philadelphia in 1741; John McGeogh, who arrived in America in 1742.