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

Geoghan Early Origins



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.

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Geoghan Spelling Variations


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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.

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Geoghan Early History


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Geoghan Early History



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.

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Geoghan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Geoghan Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 setted 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"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Geoghan (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    11. ...

    The Geoghan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Geoghan 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.

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