Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Regan is O Riagain. In County Waterford
, the Gaelic form O Reagain is used.
Early Origins of the O'Regan family
The surname O'Regan was first found in County Meath
(Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland
, in the province of Leinster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the O'Regan family
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O'Regan Spelling Variations
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname O'Regan that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Reagan, Regan, O'Regan, O'Reagan and others.
Early Notables of the O'Regan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Regan family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland
when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name O'Regan, or one of its variants:
O'Regan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Teage Oregan, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
O'Regan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James, John, Patrick, Thomas and William O'Regan, who all arrived at Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
O'Regan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ellen O'Regan, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Cork, Ireland, in 1907
- Ellie O'Regan, aged 30, who landed in America from Timoleague, Ireland, in 1908
- Daniel O'Regan, aged 20, who landed in America from Drimoleague, Ireland, in 1910
- Annie O'Regan, aged 48, who landed in America from Skibbereen, Ireland, in 1913
- Cissie O'Regan, aged 20, who settled in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1920
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O'Regan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Catherine O'Regan, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
- Cornelius O'Regan, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
- Timothy O'Regan, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Regan (post 1700)
- Private Michael O'Regan (1846-1933), American soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry in fighting Apache Indians in the Arizona Territory
- Anthony O'Regan (1809-1866), Irish-born, American Catholic clergyman, Bishop of Chicago (1854 to 1858)
- Tarik Hamilton O'Regan (b. 1978), British two-time Grammy Award nominated composer
- Seamus Thomas Harris O'Regan (b. 1971), Canadian broadcast journalist with CTV National News, former host of Canada AM from St. John's, Newfoundland, current Member of the Canadian Parliament for St. John's South-Mount Pearl (2015-)
- Michael O'Regan OBE (b. 1947), English economist, co-founder of Research Machines
- Sir Mark Andrew O'Regan KNZM, New Zealand jurist, Justice of the Supreme Court (2014-)
- Katherine Victoria O'Regan QSO (b. 1946), née Newton, New Zealand former politician representing the National Party, Minister for the National Government
- Denis O'Regan (b. 1953), English rock photographer. known for his images of Queen, David Bowie, and Duran Duran