The original Gaelic form of the McGeoghagen surname is Mag Eochagain, a patronymic
derived from the personal name
Early Origins of the McGeoghagen family
The surname McGeoghagen was first found in the county of Westmeath
(Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster
, in the barony of Moycashel at Kilbeggan where they held a family seat
from ancient times. Traditionally, the McGeoghagens are said to descend from Fiacha, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Early History of the McGeoghagen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGeoghagen research.Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1186, 1291, 1580, 1600, 1603, 1650, 1689, 1702, 1763, and 1800 are included under the topic Early McGeoghagen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGeoghagen Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name McGeoghagen revealed spelling variations
, including Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.
Early Notables of the McGeoghagen family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Conal MacGeoghegan (circa 1580-1650) Chief of the sept MacGeoghegan, historian who translated the Annals of Clonmacnoise; James MacGeoghegan (1702-1763) of Westmeath... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGeoghagen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGeoghagen family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 18th century, Irish families
began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of McGeoghagen: Michael Geoghegan, a Scotch-Irish who arrived in Boston in 1737; Edward Geoghegan, who came to Philadelphia in 1741; John McGeogh, who arrived in America in 1742.
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