Show ContentsOgan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are a multitude of ancient meanings and variations associated with the Irish surnames that are now common throughout the modern world. The original Gaelic form of the name Ogan is Ó hÓgáin, meaning a descendant of Ógán’, a personal name derived from the Irish Gaelic word "og," which means "young."

Early Origins of the Ogan family

The surname Ogan was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster where one of the first records of the name was Mathew O'Hogan a native of Ballyhogan and Dean of Killaloe who died in 1281. He held the position from 1267 until his death when he was interred in the Dominican convent at Limerick. Thus began the long line of O'Hogans who held lofty positions in the church. His successor was Maurice O'Hogan, who was consecrated in 1282 and governed his see for seventeen years until his death. Thomas O'Hogan, canon of Killaloe was consecrated bishop of the see in 1343 until his death in 1354.

Early History of the Ogan family

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Ogan Spelling Variations

One must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English was a daunting task. Even today the translation is a difficult one. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name Ogan include: Hogan, O'Hogan, Hogen, Hoggin and others.

Early Notables of the Ogan family (pre 1700)

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Ogan Ranking

In the United States, the name Ogan is the 15,719th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Ogan migration to the United States +

Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Ogan:

Ogan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Ogan, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [2]

Australia Ogan migration to Australia +

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

Ogan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Ogan, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ogan (post 1700) +

  • Scott Ogan, American Republican politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 27th District, 2001 [4]
  • Sarah Ogan Gunning (1910-1983), American folk singer, of the singing Gunning clan

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook