The Quiggan surname appeared in Gaelic as Mag Uiginn, which is probably derived from a Norse forename. The name is usually pronounced as "McGwiggen" in it's homeland County Tyrone
(especially around Omagh).
Early Origins of the Quiggan family
The surname Quiggan was first found in County Tyrone
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Quiggan family
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Quiggan Spelling Variations
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations
during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Quiggan include MacGuigan, MacGoogan, MacGougan,MacGookin, MacGuckin, MacGugan, MacQuiggan, MacWiggin, MacGucken, MacGuckian, MacGuiggan, MacGuighan and many more.
Early Notables of the Quiggan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Quiggan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Quiggan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Quiggan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
- Margaret Quiggan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
The Quiggan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper patriae servire presto
Motto Translation: Always ready to serve my country