Lonigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Lonigan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Longargain.
Early Origins of the Lonigan family
The surname Lonigan was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
One of the first records of the family was "at the synod of Kells, 1152, [when] Cardinal Paparo gave a pallium to Donat O'Lonergan of Cashel, and since then his successors have ruled the ecclesiastical province of Munster. " 
Early History of the Lonigan family
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Lonigan Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached the general citizenry. Research into the name Lonigan revealed spelling variations, including Lonergan, Landergan, Landrigan, Ladrigan, Lonagan, Landragan, Longargan and many more.
Early Notables of the Lonigan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lonigan family
Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Lonigan: Edward Landragan settled in Philadelphia in 1858 along with John; Thomas and Andrew Landragaon arrived in Philadelphia in 1876; Edmund and Michael Lonergan arrived in Philadelphia in 1856..
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- ^ Herbermann, Charles George, ed. The Catholic Encyclopedia New York: Appleton, 1913. Print