Kerigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Kerigan family

The surname Kerigan 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 Kerigan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerigan research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kerigan Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best due to competing dialects and languages, and the general illiteracy of the population. Research into the name Kerigan revealed many spelling variations, including Kerrigan, Kerigan, Keragan and others.

Early Notables of the Kerigan family (pre 1700)

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United States Kerigan migration to the United States +

During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Kerigan:

Kerigan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Owen Kerigan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]

Canada Kerigan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kerigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jo Kerigan, who landed in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813

Contemporary Notables of the name Kerigan (post 1700) +

  • Joseph E. Kerigan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1922, 1924; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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