Keagan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Keagan family in Ireland was Mac Aodhagain, which means son of Aodh, a personal name usually Anglicized as Hugh.

Early Origins of the Keagan family

The surname Keagan was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Keagan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keagan research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Keagan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keagan Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Keagan include Egan, Eagan, Keegan, MacEgan, Kegan, Keagan and many more.

Early Notables of the Keagan family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Keagan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Keagan 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 Keagan: Rev. Michael Egan who became Bishop of Philadelphia in 1790. Many other Egans settled in this city during the 19th century.

Contemporary Notables of the name Keagan (post 1700)

  • Carrie Keagan (b. 1980), American television personality, actress, writer and producer, best known as the host of Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007-2012)

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