McColgan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, all Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name McColgan is "O Cuileagain."
Early Origins of the McColgan family
The surname McColgan was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the McColgan family
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McColgan Spelling Variations
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of this period in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name McColgan dating from that time include Culligan, Colligan, Quilligan, O'Quilligan, O'Culligan, O'Colligan, Coligan, Culigan, Colgan and many more.
Early Notables of the McColgan family (pre 1700)
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McColgan migration to the United States +
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McColgan or a variant listed above:
McColgan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bernard McColgan, aged 23, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1837 
- John McColgan, aged 22, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1841 
- Thomas P McColgan, aged 30, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1872 
McColgan migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McColgan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Susan McColgan, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
- Mary McColgan, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
- Anne McColgan, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
- Daniel McColgan, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
- James McColgan, aged 13, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
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McColgan migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
McColgan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William McColgan, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia 
Contemporary Notables of the name McColgan (post 1700) +
- Sarah McColgan, American fashion photographer
- Peter McColgan (b. 1963), former Northern Irish steeplechaser
- Aileen McColgan, English Professor of Law at King's College, London
- Liz McColgan (b. 1964), Scottish long distance track and road running athlete, gold medal winner in the 1991 World Championships, silver medalist in the Seoul Olympics in 1988
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The McColgan 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: Virtus probata florescit
Motto Translation: Tried virtue flourishes.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855