Show ContentsLongan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Longan originally appeared in Gaelic as Ó Longain, which is derived from the word long, which means tall. 1

Early Origins of the Longan family

The surname Longan 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.

Early History of the Longan family

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Longan Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Longan were encountered in the archives: Langan, Longan, Langen, Longen, O'Lonagain, Langhan, Langin, O'Langane, O'Longane, O'Langan and many more.

Early Notables of the Longan family

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United States Longan migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Longan family came to North America quite early:

Longan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Longan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 2

Canada Longan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Longan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Longan, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eweretta" in 1833
  • Jane Longan, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eweretta" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Longan (post 1700) +

  • George Longan Arnold (b. 1922), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952; Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 24th District, 1954 3

  1. MacLysaght, Edward, The Surnames of Ireland. Ireland: Irish Academic Press, sixth edition, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2366-3)
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 5) . Retrieved from on Facebook