Lonigane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Lonigane originally appeared in Gaelic as O Longargain.

Early Origins of the Lonigane family

The surname Lonigane 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. " [1]

Early History of the Lonigane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lonigane research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Lonigane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lonigane Spelling Variations

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Lonigane family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Lonergan, Landergan, Landrigan, Ladrigan, Lonagan, Landragan, Longargan and many more.

Early Notables of the Lonigane family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Lonigane family

Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Lonigane: 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..



  1. ^ Herbermann, Charles George, ed. The Catholic Encyclopedia New York: Appleton, 1913. Print


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