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Where did the Irish Ragin family come from? What is the Irish Ragin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ragin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ragin family history?

Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Ragin is O Riagain. In County Waterford, the Gaelic form O Reagain is used.


During the Middle Ages, exact spellings for people's name did not exist. It was up to the literate scribe that was recording a person's name to decide how to spell his name. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name Ragin include: Reagan, Regan, O'Regan, O'Reagan and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ragin research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Ragin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Ragin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Ragin or one of its variants:

Ragin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elsbeta Ragin, aged 25, who landed in America from Dubitzy, in 1905
  • Wicenty Ragin, aged 31, who landed in America from Wilna, in 1907
  • Ignacy Ragin, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Karnadjejow, Russia, in 1913
  • Jan Ragin, aged 24, who settled in America from Lajboboli, Russia, in 1913
  • Maria Ragin, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Vaslo, Italy, in 1914


  • Melvin "Wah-Wah Watson" Ragin (b. 1951), American guitarist and session musician
  • Hugh Ragin, American jazz trumpeter
  • Derek Lee Ragin (1958-1983), American countertenor, recipient of the the 1983 Purcell-Britten Prize for Concert Singers in England
  • Charles C. Ragin, American sociologist, Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Arizona
  • Linda R. Ragin, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 2nd District, 1986


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  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Ragin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ragin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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