The original Gaelic form of the Geoghan surname is Mag Eochagain, a patronymic
derived from the personal name
Early Origins of the Geoghan family
The surname Geoghan 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 Geoghans are said to descend from Fiacha, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Early History of the Geoghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geoghan 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 Geoghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Geoghan Spelling Variations
Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations
of the surname Geoghan were found in the archives researched. These included Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.
Early Notables of the Geoghan 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... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geoghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Geoghan family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families
fled an Ireland
that was forcibly held through by England
through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence
may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, 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 Geoghan or a variant listed above, including:
Geoghan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Geoghan, who settled in Philadelphia in 1854
Geoghan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Anne Geoghan, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
- Rose Geoghan, aged 23, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
- Thomas Geoghan, aged 35, a stone mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
Contemporary Notables of the name Geoghan (post 1700)
- John J. Geoghan (b. 1935), American Roman Catholic priest
- Lisa Maria Geoghan (b. 1966), English actress best known for playing Polly Page in the police drama The Bill