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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."

McColgan Early Origins



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.

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McColgan Spelling Variations


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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.

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McColgan Early History


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McColgan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McColgan research. Another 429 words (31 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McColgan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McColgan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McColgan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McColgan 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



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, landed in Pennsylvania in 1837
  • John McColgan, aged 22, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Thomas P McColgan, aged 30, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1872

McColgan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Susan McColgan, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Mary McColgan, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Anne McColgan, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Daniel McColgan, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • James McColgan, aged 13, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name McColgan (post 1700)


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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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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    3. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    9. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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    The McColgan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McColgan 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 14 March 2016 at 15:51.

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