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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The name Lorrigan is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who worked as a lorimer which is an Old French word used to refer to those individuals who made stirrup irons, spurs and other metal articles that people used with horses.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lorrigan include Lorimer, Lorrimer, Lorrimore, Lorriman, Lorrimoor, Lorrimar, Larimore and many more.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorrigan research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lorrigan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Lorrigan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Lorrigan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lorrigan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Lorrigan, aged 45, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Jane Lorrigan, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Patrick Lorrigan, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • John Lorrigan, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Lawrence Lorrigan, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843


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The Lorrigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lorrigan 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.

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