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

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

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Gahagan family name include Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.


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

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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 Gahagan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Gahagan:

Gahagan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Gahagan, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Thomas Gahagan, who landed in Virginia in 1747

Gahagan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Gahagan, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1893

Gahagan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Maggie Gahagan, aged 19, who settled in America from Tuam, in 1901
  • Kate Gahagan, aged 22, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Walter H. Gahagan, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Martin Gahagan, aged 45, who landed in America from Wolverhamptan, England, in 1911
  • Annie Gahagan, aged 28, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1911
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Gahagan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Oliver Gahagan U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
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  • Helen Gahagan (1900-1980), American singer, actress and politician who has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • James Gahagan (1927-1999), American abstract expressionist painter
  • Dennis Gahagan (b. 1817), Irish-born, early settler in San Diego, California, American Judge of the 1st Instance of the District of San Diego (1849 to 1850)
  • William Gahagan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • George W. Gahagan, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Madison County, 1868-69
  • George M. Gahagan (1878-1964), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Lenawee County 2nd District, 1913-14
  • Andrew Jackson Gahagan, American politician, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1878
  • John Gahagan (b. 1958), Scottish former footballer
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    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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    9. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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