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

Reagan Early Origins



The surname Reagan 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.

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Reagan Spelling Variations


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Reagan Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, scribes recorded people's names as they saw fit. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Reagan some of these variations included: Reagan, Regan, O'Regan, O'Reagan and others.

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Reagan Early History


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Reagan Early History



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

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Reagan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reagan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Reagan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Reagan or one of its variants:

Reagan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Reagan, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Bernard H Reagan, aged 28, landed in Missouri in 1847
  • James, John, Michael, and Patrick Reagan, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Patrick Reagan, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1875
  • Eliza Reagan, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reagan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Danl. Reagan, aged 9, who landed in America from Tulla, in 1900
  • Cornelius Reagan, aged 73, who emigrated to the United States from Cork, in 1903
  • John Reagan, aged 22, who landed in America from Castlesea, Ireland, in 1905
  • James Reagan, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Chester, England, in 1906
  • Joseph Reagan, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Limerick, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reagan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Reagan, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"
  • Henry Reagan, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"

Reagan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Reagan, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reagan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reagan (post 1700)



  • President Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004), American actor and politician, 40th President of the United States, 33rd Governor of California and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Nancy Davis Reagan (1921-2016), born Anne Frances Robbins, who served as First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Marcum "Marc" Reagan (b. 1967), American Station Training Lead in Mission Operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas
  • Francis Xavier "Frank" Reagan (1919-1972), American NFL football player who played from 1941 to 1951
  • John Edward "Jack" Reagan (1883-1941), American father of United States President Ronald Reagan
  • Joshua Reagan (b. 1989), American pair skater, cowinner of the 2011 U.S. Junior championship
  • Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941-2001), first child of Ronald Reagan and his first wife, Jane Wyman
  • Michael Edward Reagan (b. 1945), born John Flaugher, American author and former radio host, best known for his nationally syndicated radio show, The Michael Reagan Talk Show, adopted son of Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman
  • John Henninger Reagan (1818-1905), American politician, United States Senator from Texas (1887-1891)
  • Timothy G. Reagan (b. 1956), American educator
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Reagan


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Suggested Readings for the name Reagan



  • Smoky Mountain Clans by Donald B. Reagan.
  • The Way I See It: An Autobiography by Patti Davis.
  • The Invincible Irish: Ronald Wilson Reagen-Irish Ancestry and Immigrantion to America by Patricia Meade White.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    11. ...

    The Reagan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reagan 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 November 2016 at 15:44.

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