Many variations of the name O'Lorgan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Lorcain, which is derived from the old personal name
Lorc, which means rough or fierce.
Early Origins of the O'Lorgan family
The surname O'Lorgan was first found in County Galway
(Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht
, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the O'Lorgan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Lorgan research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1528, 1591, 1564, 1580, 1619 and 1609 are included under the topic Early O'Lorgan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Lorgan Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name O'Lorgan revealed spelling variations
, including Larkin, O'Larkin and others.
Early Notables of the O'Lorgan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas Lorkin (c.1528–1591), an English churchman, academic and physician, Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge from 1564; and William... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Lorgan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Lorgan family to the New World and Oceana
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 O'Lorgan family came to North America quite early: William Larkin, who settled in Boston in 1630; Elizabeth Larkin, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Benjamin Larkin settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1720.