Loghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Loghan comes from the original Irish sept name O Leoghain. Lohan sometimes been unusually mistranslated into Duck, the Irish word for duck being "lacha" which bears only a slight similarity to the original. [1]

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 Loghan family

The surname Loghan 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 Loghan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loghan research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1439, 1806, 1853, 1839, 1909, 1932 and 1899 are included under the topic Early Loghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Loghan Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Loghan family (pre 1700)

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


United States Loghan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loghan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Loghan, who was naturalized in Indiana bewteen 1849 and 1855


The Loghan 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.


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, The Surnames of Ireland. Ireland: Irish Academic Press, sixth edition, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2366-3)


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