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There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. lancan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Longain, which is derived from the word long, which means tall.

lancan Early Origins



The surname lancan was first found in Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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lancan Spelling Variations


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lancan Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname lancan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Langan, Longan, Langen, Longen, O'Lonagain, Langhan, Langin, O'Langane, O'Longane, O'Langan and many more.

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lancan Early History


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lancan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lancan research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1689 and 1758 are included under the topic Early lancan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lancan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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lancan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early lancan 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 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the lancan family in North America: Laurence Langan, an 'enforced emigrant' from Ireland, who arrived in America in 1743; John Longan, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1775; William Langen, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1777.

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