The MacGuigan surname appeared in Gaelic as Mag Uiginn, which is probably derived from a Norse forename. The name is usually pronounced as "McGwiggen" in it's homeland County Tyrone
(especially around Omagh).
Early Origins of the MacGuigan family
The surname MacGuigan was first found in County Tyrone
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the MacGuigan family
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MacGuigan Spelling Variations
Those scribes in Ireland
during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the MacGuigan family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including MacGuigan, MacGoogan, MacGougan,MacGookin, MacGuckin, MacGugan, MacQuiggan, MacWiggin, MacGucken, MacGuckian, MacGuiggan, MacGuighan and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGuigan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGuigan family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name MacGuigan or a variant listed above:
MacGuigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bernard, Charles, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, and Terrence MacGuigan all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Contemporary Notables of the name MacGuigan (post 1700)
- Flight Sergeant Ian Fairlie MacGuigan (b. 1944), Australian serviceman who died in action over Germany, member of the Australian War Memorial
The MacGuigan 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: Semper patriae servire presto
Motto Translation: Always ready to serve my country