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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."

Kerigan Early Origins



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.

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Kerigan Spelling Variations


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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.

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Kerigan Early History


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Kerigan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerigan research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerigan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerigan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kerigan 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



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 Ameri ca. 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

Kerigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jo Kerigan, who landed in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerigan (post 1700)


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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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Kerigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerigan 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.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 15:27.

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