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The surname Magan originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.

Magan Early Origins



The surname Magan was first found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Magan Spelling Variations


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Magan Spelling Variations



A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Magan include Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

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Magan Early History


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Magan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magan research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Magan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Magan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Magan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Magan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. 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 Magan family came to North America quite early:

Magan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Magan, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Magan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Leon Magan, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • David Magan, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Seragh Magan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Agnus Magan, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Magan, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Magan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Magan (post 1700)



  • Francis Magan (1774-1843), Irish member of the Society of United Irishmen, barrister and informer of the whereabouts of Lord Edward Fitzgerald
  • Ruán Magan, Irish IFTA Award winning director of documentaries and drama-documentaries
  • George Magan (b. 1895), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • George Morgan Magan (b. 1945), Baron Magan of Castletown Irish businessman and Conservative Member of the House of Lords
  • Manchán Magan, Irish writer, traveller and television maker

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Magan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Magan 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 January 2014 at 12:58.

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