Merrigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Merrigan family

The surname Merrigan was first found in Longford (Irish: An Longfort) traditionally known as Annaly or Teffia, and situated in the Irish Midlands, in Northwest Leinster, where they held a family seat as chiefs where with a castle at Rathcline. After the Norman Conquest of England, Irish history was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Westmeath.

Early History of the Merrigan family

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Merrigan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Murrigan, Murrin, Murrain, Merrigan, Murricane, Murrigain, Maragan, Merrigan, Marrican, O'Murrigan, O'Murrin, O'Merrigan, O'Murricane, O'Murrigain, O'Merrigan, O'Merrigan, O'Merregan and many more.

Early Notables of the Merrigan family (pre 1700)

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Australia Merrigan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Merrigan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Merrigan, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" [1]
  • Bridget Merrigan, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" [1]
  • Edward Merrigan, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle" [2]
  • Patrick Merrigan, aged 13, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle" [2]

New Zealand Merrigan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Merrigan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Merrigan, (b. 1859), aged 20, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Lyttleton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1879 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Merrigan (post 1700) +

  • Lawrence A. Merrigan, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Louisiana, 1932 [4]
  • John T. Merrigan, American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 2nd District, 1921-22 [4]
  • Kathleen Merrigan, United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
  • Sean Merrigan (b. 1962), Irish professional footballer
  • Matthew "Matt" Merrigan (1922-2000), Irish socialist and trade unionist
  • Harvey Merrigan (b. 1949), former Australian rules footballer


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 17th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emerald Isle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emeraldisle1854.shtml
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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