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The McGuigan 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).

McGuigan Early Origins



The surname McGuigan 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.

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McGuigan Spelling Variations


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McGuigan Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname McGuigan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacGuigan, MacGoogan, MacGougan,MacGookin, MacGuckin, MacGugan, MacQuiggan, MacWiggin, MacGucken, MacGuckian, MacGuiggan, MacGuighan and many more.

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McGuigan Early History


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McGuigan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGuigan research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1800, 1616 and 1659 are included under the topic Early McGuigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGuigan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGuigan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGuigan 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 McGuigan family came to North America quite early:

McGuigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Felix McGuigan, who landed in America in 1807
  • Cath. McGuigan, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Tyrone, in 1893
  • Berd. McGuigan, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

McGuigan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles McGuigan, aged 21, who landed in America from Cavan, Ireland, in 1907
  • Cassie McGuigan, aged 24, who landed in America from Draperstown, Ireland, in 1912
  • Agnes McGuigan, aged 18, who settled in America from Allistragh, Ireland, in 1913
  • Alice McGuigan, aged 17, who landed in America from Armagh, Ireland, in 1920
  • Annie McGuigan, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Draperstown, Ireland, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuigan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuigan (post 1700)



  • Patrick "Paddy" Daniel McGuigan (1868-1938), American boxer, promoter and entertainer
  • Samuel McGuigan, American politician, Supervisor of Benton Township, Michigan, 1863-64
  • Joseph J. McGuigan, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Canal Zone, 1935-40
  • James McGuigan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1996
  • J. Carl McGuigan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1948
  • Howard McGuigan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1964
  • Donald G. McGuigan, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 10th District, 1961
  • Colleen McGuigan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 2000
  • Charles P. McGuigan, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Red Lion, Pennsylvania, 1953-61
  • Patrick Joseph "Paddy Joe" McGuigan (1939-2014), Irish musician, best known for his work with the folk group The Barleycorn
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Semper patriae servire presto
Motto Translation: Always ready to serve my country


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McGuigan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The McGuigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGuigan 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 13 July 2016 at 22:50.

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