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

langan Early Origins



The surname langan 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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langan Spelling Variations


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langan Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname langan 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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langan Early History


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langan Early History



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

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langan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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langan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early langan 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 langan family in North America:

langan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Laurence Langan, an 'enforced emigrant' from Ireland, who arrived in America in 1743

langan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Langan, who came to Pennsylvania in 1808
  • William Langan, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Pat Langan, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1854
  • John Langan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1866
  • John Langan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

langan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Cornelius Langan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • George Langan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

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Contemporary Notables of the name langan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name langan (post 1700)



  • R. C. Langan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1916
  • Josie Langan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924
  • Joseph N. Langan, American politician, Mayor of Mobile, Alabama, 1956, 1958, 1960
  • John Langan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Rockland County, 1920
  • Helen Langan, American Democrat politician, Vice-chair of Utah Democratic Party, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 2008
  • George P. Langan, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Cairo, Illinois, 1937-77 (acting, 1937-39)
  • Ambrose Langan, American politician, Mayor of Pittston, Pennsylvania, 1929-35
  • Glenn Langan (1917-1991), American actor from California
  • Philip Langan, American college administrator and sports writer
  • Tom Langan, American television producer and writer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    6. 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).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

    The langan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The langan 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.

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