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The original Gaelic form of the Gagen surname is Mag Eochagain, a patronymic derived from the personal name Eochaidh.

Gagen Early Origins



The surname Gagen 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 Gagens are said to descend from Fiacha, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

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Gagen Spelling Variations


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Gagen Spelling Variations



Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Gagen are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.

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Gagen Early History


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Gagen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gagen 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 Gagen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gagen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gagen Early Notables (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 Gagen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North Ameri ca. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Gagen or a variant listed above, including:

Gagen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Fra Gagen, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Gagen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Gagen, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Henry Gagen, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Miss Gagen, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Patrick Gagen, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Mrs. John Gagen, aged 54, who emigrated to America, in 1896

Gagen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Richard Gagen, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gagen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gagen (post 1700)



  • Martin Gagen, American actor, known for his work on Carrier (2006), The Master (2012) and Trauma (2009)
  • Dr. Mary Gagen, British Associate Professor of Geography at Swansea University

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Gagen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gagen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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