Geoghagen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Geoghagen family

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

Early History of the Geoghagen family

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

Geoghagen Spelling Variations

The search for the origins of the name Geoghagen family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.

Early Notables of the Geoghagen 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 Geoghagen migration to Australia +

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

Geoghagen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sally Geoghagen, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [1]


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml


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