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

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The surname Reagle 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.

One's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Reagle family name include Reagan, Regan, O'Regan, O'Reagan and others.


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

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

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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 Reagle, or one of its variants: John Regan, who settled with his wife and three children in Prescott, Ontario, Canada, in 1825; James, John, Patrick, Thomas and William O'Regan, who all arrived at Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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  • Merl Reagle (1950-2015), American crossword constructor for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Seattle Times, and more than 50 Sunday newspapers
  • Jimmie G. Reagle, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 48th District, 1980


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