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The Irish name Gahan has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Gahan is Mag Eachain.

Gahan Early Origins



The surname Gahan was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Gahan Spelling Variations


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Gahan Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Gahan that are preserved in archival documents are Gahan, Gaghan, Gagham, Getham, Gaham, Gahame and others.

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Gahan Early History


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Gahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gahan research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Gahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gahan 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



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Gahan name:

Gahan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Gahan who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773

Gahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gahan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1818
  • William Gahan, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1818
  • James Gahan landed in Pennsylvania in 1842
  • John Gahan landed in Pennsylvania in 1856
  • John P Gahan, who arrived in Arkansas in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gahan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Gahan, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • John Gahan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mr. John Gahan who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gahan (post 1700)



  • Thomas J. Gahan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1888, 1904
  • Theodore F. Gahan, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Lycoming County, 1883-84
  • Gordon Ward Gahan (1945-1984), American photographer, best known for his work with National Geographic
  • William Gahan (1732-1804), Irish priest and author
  • Charles Joseph Gahan (1862-1939), Irish Entomologist
  • Matthew Gahan (b. 1975), Australian baseball player from Lismore, New South Wales
  • Graeme Gahan (b. 1942), former Australian rules footballer
  • George Tomas Gahan JP (1912-1980), Australian politician and Victorian amateur boxer, Mayor of Prahan, Victoria, 1965-1966, 1970-1971
  • David Gahan (b. 1962), English baritone pop lead-singer

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Motto


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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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)

Other References

  1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  2. 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.
  3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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The Gahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gahan 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.

This page was last modified on 7 November 2016 at 08:47.

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