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The surname Meegan originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.


The surname Meegan was first found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Meegan dating from that time include Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meegan research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Meegan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meegan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Meegan or a variant listed above:

Meegan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Meegan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Meegan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marie Meegan, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, in 1905
  • Katey Meegan, aged 21, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1906
  • James Meegan, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Carrickduff, Ireland, in 1906
  • Frank Meegan, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Kate Meegan, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Dramber, Ireland, in 1910
  • ...

  • Peter James "Steady Pete" Meegan (1862-1905), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dave Meegan, American record producer
  • William J. Meegan, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Naugatuck, 1912
  • John J. Meegan, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1923-27
  • Patrick "Paddy" Meegan (1922-2012), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • George Meegan (b. 1952), British long-distance walker, best known for his unbroken walk from the southern tip of South America to the northernmost part of Alaska

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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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    The Meegan Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Meegan 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 4 November 2015 at 10:12.

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