Greghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Greghan is "O Gormghaile" in Connacht, or "O Goirmleadhaigh" in Ulster.
Early Origins of the Greghan family
The surname Greghan was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where the Greghan family held a seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Greghan family
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Greghan Spelling Variations
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Greghan were encountered in the archives: Gormley, O'Gormley, Grehan, Gormleigh, Gormly, Gormlie, Grimes and many more.
Early Notables of the Greghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Greghan family
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Greghan: Michael Gormley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1840; and Thady, John, Bridget, Catherine and Mary Gormley who settled in Quebec in 1848.