Geoghagan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Geoghagan family

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

Early History of the Geoghagan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geoghagan research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1186, 1291, 1291, 1603, 1600, 1689, 1580, 1650, 1702, 1763, 1800 and 1749 are included under the topic Early Geoghagan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geoghagan Spelling Variations

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 Geoghagan family name include Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.

Early Notables of the Geoghagan 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, an ordained priest in Paris, who wrote a "History of Ireland;" and Edward Geoghegan of Dublin was one of the most eminent surgeons of his time (early 1800s). Usher Gagahan (d. 1749), was an Irish classical scholar, belonged to a good family of Westmeath, Ireland; was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, but took...
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Australia Geoghagan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Geoghagan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Geoghagan, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"


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