McGuigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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).
Early Origins of the McGuigan family
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.
Early History of the McGuigan family
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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.
Early Notables of the McGuigan family (pre 1700)
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McGuigan migration to the United States +
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. 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 immigrated to America from Tyrone, in 1893
- Berd. McGuigan, aged 23, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Draperstown, Ireland, in 1923
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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 
- Danika 'Nika' McGuigan (1986-2019), Irish actress, best known for her starring role as art student Danielle Mullane in Can't Cope, Won't Cope (2016–2018), daughter of Barry McGuigan
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The McGuigan 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
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html