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

Gahn Early Origins



The surname Gahn 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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Gahn Spelling Variations


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Gahn Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Gahn dating from that time include Gahan, Gaghan, Gagham, Getham, Gaham, Gahame and others.

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Gahn Early History


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Gahn Early History



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

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Gahn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gahn Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gahn 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



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. 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 Gahn or a variant listed above, including: John Gahan who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773; followed by James in 1842; another John in 1856; and Patrick in 1867; William Gahan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1818..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gahn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gahn (post 1700)



  • Harry Conrad Gahn (1880-1962), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 21st District, 1921-23; Defeated, 1922, 1924
  • Wolter Gahn (1890-1985), Swedish architect
  • Henrik Gahn (1820-1874), Swedish chemist and industrialist, who invented the first antiseptics
  • Henrik Gahn (1747-1816), Swedish physician who pioneered the use of vaccine against smallpox in Sweden in 1803
  • Johan Gottlieb Gahn (1745-1818), Swedish chemist and mineralogist who discovered manganese in 1774
  • Friedrich Gottlieb Gahn (1784-1868), German philologist

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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



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Gahn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gahn 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 12 January 2016 at 13:20.

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