Karrigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are multitude of rich histories underlying the many Irish surnames in use today. The name Karrigan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Ciaragain, which is derived from the word "ciar," which means "black" or "dark brown."

Early Origins of the Karrigan family

The surname Karrigan was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht.

Early History of the Karrigan family

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Karrigan Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, a name was often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer. Literacy was rare at that time and none of the languages to be found in the British Isles had achieved any great semblance of standardization. Variations of the name Karrigan found include Kerrigan, Kerigan, Keragan and others.

Early Notables of the Karrigan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Karrigan family

Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Karrigan: Brian, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Hugh, John, Joseph, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Kerrigan all arrived in Philadelphia in 1840 and 1860.

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