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

Kerrigan Early Origins



The surname Kerrigan 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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Kerrigan Spelling Variations


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Kerrigan Spelling Variations



In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the Kerrigan family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including Kerrigan, Kerigan, Keragan and others.

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Kerrigan Early History


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Kerrigan Early History



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

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Kerrigan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerrigan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kerrigan 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



In the 18th and 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants landed on North American shores. Although many of them were merely looking for a free plot of land and living of their very own, many later immigrants were desperately fleeing an overcrowded land that did not have sufficient food for its inhabitants. The exodus from Ireland was greatest during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine had stricken the island. Although this large influx of Irish was unpopular with the great majority of people already established within the major centers, these Irish were critical to the speedy development of the United States and those colonies that would eventually become known as Canada. These immigrants provided the cheap labor required to build modern roads, bridges, canals, and railways. Research of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of immigrants to North America baring the name of Kerrigan:

Kerrigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Kerrigan, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Kerrigan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Pat Kerrigan, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854
  • Edward Kerrigan, aged 10, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • Ellen Kerrigan, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kerrigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Kerrigan, who arrived in Canada in 1813
  • Joseph Kerrigan, who landed in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813
  • James Kerrigan a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Biddy Kerrigan arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Honor Kerrigan, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland

Kerrigan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Kerrigan, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Mary Kerrigan, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerrigan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerrigan (post 1700)



  • Thomas J. Kerrigan Jr., American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartford; elected 1954; Member of Connecticut State Senate 1st District
  • Thomas F. Kerrigan, American Republican politician, First Selectman of Darien, Connecticut, 1954-57
  • R. L. Kerrigan (b. 1963), American Republican politician, Real estate broker; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 2004
  • Patrick J. Kerrigan (1864-1895), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 19th District, 1894
  • John E. Kerrigan (1906-1973), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, 1945-46; defeated, 1945; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952, 1964 (alternate)
  • John Kerrigan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1889-91, 1893, 1913-15 (New York County 17th District 1889-91, 1893, New York County 11th District 1913-15)
  • James E. Kerrigan, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1876 (Republican), 1878 (Greenback)
  • James Kerrigan (1828-1899), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1861-63
  • Charles H. Kerrigan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960, 1964; Candidate for Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 1st District, 1966
  • Charles Kerrigan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. 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).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Kerrigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerrigan 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 10 September 2016 at 21:32.

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