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Where did the Irish Logan family come from? What is the Irish Logan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Logan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Logan family history?

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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Logan research. Another 178 words(13 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.

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

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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
  • Colon Logan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Darby Logan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • John Logan with his wife and two children settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765


Logan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Logan, who arrived in America in 1801
  • David Logan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Wm Logan, aged 36, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Geo Logan, aged 30, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Geo, Logan Jr., aged 25, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804


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, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Margaret Logan, aged 60, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Nancy Logan, aged 22, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Lawrence Logan, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway
  • John Logan arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834


Logan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Logan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Logan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • James Logan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • C. Logan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
  • George Logan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840


Logan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Francis Logan, aged 57, a doctor, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Janet Logan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Housten Francis Logan, aged 15 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Francis Logan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • H F Logan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant


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  • Mrs. Ruth Logan, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Master Robert Logan (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Brigadier-General Francis Vincent Logan (b. 1891), American Assistant Commanding General 26th Division (1942-1943)
  • 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

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

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  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. 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).
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The Logan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Logan 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 12 August 2015 at 16:34.

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