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The Irish form of the surname Nelligan is O Niallagain, from the Christian name Niall.

Early Origins of the Nelligan family


The surname Nelligan was first found in south Leinster, where in 1315, Richard Nelgan, a follower of the Kavanaghs, was an interpreter between Richard II and the Irish chiefs. In the city of Kilkenny, John Neligan was a merchant and Nicholas Neligan a householder. Ballynelligan, named for the family, is near Lismore, County Waterford.

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Early History of the Nelligan family

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Early History of the Nelligan family


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Nelligan Spelling Variations

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Nelligan Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Neligan, O'Neligan, Nelligan and others.

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Early Notables of the Nelligan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Nelligan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Nelligan family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Nelligan family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nelligan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Nelligan, who was naturalized in Lousiana between 1841 and 1844

Nelligan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Nelligan, aged 23, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Patrick Nelligan, who settled in the Ottawa Valley in 1829
  • James and Thomas Nelligan, who were recorded in the 1871 census in Toronto

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nelligan (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nelligan (post 1700)


  • James L. Nelligan (b. 1929), former US politician member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Charlie Nelligan (b. 1957), retired Irish sportsperson
  • Patricia Colleen "Kate" Nelligan (b. 1950), Academy Award-nominated Canadian stage, film and television actress
  • Emile Nelligan (1879-1941), French Canadian poet born of an Irish emigrant

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