Logan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Logan comes from the original Irish sept name O Leoghain. It has sometimes been unusually mistranslated into Duck, the Irish word for duck being "lacha" which bears only a slight similarity to the original. The surname sometimes appears as Logan, but in many cases, especially in Ulster, this name is of Scottish descendent, brought to Ireland by the plantations.

Early Origins of the Logan family

The surname Logan was first found in County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where it belonged to the sept whose chiefs were lords of Gailenga Mor, now Morgallion. The annals tell the story of how the men of Teffia (County Meath) slew Cuan O Lothchain, the chief poet of King Malachy II, in 1024 and died miraculously as retribution. Maurice O'Loughan was Bishop of Kilmacduagh from 1254 to 1283. The prominent members of the O Leochain sept were driven across the river Shannon by the Anglo-Norman invasion.

Early History of the Logan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Logan research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1439, 1806, 1839, 1853, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Logan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Logan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lohan, O'Lohan, Loughan, Loghan, Logan, Duck and others.

Early Notables of the Logan family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Logan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Logan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Logan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Logan who settled in Virginia in 1740
  • William Logan, who arrived in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [1]
  • Colon Logan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Darby Logan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • John Logan with his wife and two children settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Logan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Logan, who arrived in America in 1801 [1]
  • David Logan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • William Logan, aged 36, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Geo Logan, aged 30, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Geo, Logan Jr., aged 25, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Logan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Logan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • George Logan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Logan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Logan, aged 28, who landed in Quebec in 1834
  • James Logan, aged 60, who landed in Quebec in 1834
  • John Logan, aged 24, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Margaret Logan, aged 60, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Nancy Logan, aged 22, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Logan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Logan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Logan, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Daniel Logan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. James Logan who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 24th March 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Robert Logan, (b. 1810), aged 21, Irish tobacconist who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 16th August 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Logan, English convict who was convicted in Kingston Upon Hull, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Logan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Logan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Francis Logan, aged 57, a doctor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Janet Logan, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Housten Francis Logan, aged 15 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Mr. T. Logan, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" arriving in Port Nicholson, (Wellington Harbour), New Zealand on 20th February 1840 [7]
  • Mrs. Logan, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" arriving in Port Nicholson, (Wellington Harbour), New Zealand on 20th February 1840 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Logan (post 1700) +

  • Giuseppi Logan (1935-2020), American jazz musician, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; he died from COVID-19
  • Richard Leroy "Dick" Logan (1930-2016), American NFL football player for the Green Bay Packers (1952–1953)
  • Brigadier-General Francis Vincent Logan (b. 1891), American Assistant Commanding General 26th Division (1942-1943) [8]
  • John Alexander Logan Jr. (1865-1899), American United States Army General, Medal of Honor recipient
  • John Logan (1747-1807), American pioneer and Indian fighter who fought with Daniel Boone
  • James Harvey Logan (1841-1928), American horticulturist, creator of the loganberry
  • James Marion Logan (1920-1999), United States Army soldier, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Jacqueline Logan (1901-1983), American silent movie actress
  • Hugh Logan (1834-1903), American Captain of the Afterguard in the Union Navy, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient
  • Robert Dean "Bob" Logan (1910-1978), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Frank Logan (1903-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Master Robert Logan, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [10]
  • Mrs. Ruth Logan, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [10]


The Logan Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.


Suggested Readings for the name Logan +

  • 434 Historic Families of Kentucky by Thomas Marshall Green, Those Who Have Gone Before by Miriam Halbert Bales.

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Francis Logan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Logan/Francis_Vincent/USA.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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