Meegan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Meegan originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable. [1]

Early Origins of the Meegan family

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, Originally, "Ó Miadhacháin, this is the name of at least two distinct septs; it is now equally distributed throughout the four provinces." [2]

Early History of the Meegan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meegan research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Meegan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meegan Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Meegan family (pre 1700)

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United States Meegan migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Meegan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marie Meegan, aged 26, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Carrickduff, Ireland, in 1906
  • Frank Meegan, aged 48, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Kate Meegan, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Dramber, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Meegan (post 1700) +

  • 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 [4]
  • John J. Meegan, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1923-27 [4]
  • 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


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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