Regan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Regan family

The surname Regan 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 of the oldest records of the family was Morice Regan ( fl. 1171), an Irish interpreter. He is stated in an old French poem, of which the only text begins 'Par soen demeine latimer.' He is thought to have acted as an interpreter and herald, or envoy in the service of Diarmaid MacMurchada, King of Leinster. [1]

Early History of the Regan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Regan research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Regan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Regan Spelling Variations

Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Regan are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Reagan, Regan, O'Regan, O'Reagan and others.

Early Notables of the Regan family (pre 1700)

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


United States Regan 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 Regan:

Regan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Cornelius Regan, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [2]
Regan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lott Regan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 [2]
Regan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Regan, aged 40, who arrived in America in 1822 [2]
  • Patrick Regan, aged 28, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [2]
  • Denis Regan, aged 33, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834 [2]
  • Jeremiah Regan, aged 22, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [2]
  • William Regan, aged 24, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Regan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Regan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jeremiah Regan U.E. (b. 1741) who settled in Sussex Vale [ Sussex Corner], Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Magistrate, he died in 1815 [3]
Regan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Regan, aged 28, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • John Regan, who settled with his wife and three children in Prescott, Ontario, Canada, in 1825
  • Daniel Regan, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Daniel Regan, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Regan, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Regan migration to Australia +

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

Regan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Regan, a currier, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Catherine Regan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [4]
  • Susan Regan, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [5]
  • John Regan, aged 29, a bricklayer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart" [6]
  • Sarah Regan, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Regan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Regan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Regan, (b. 1837), aged 19, British shoemaker travelling from London aboard the ship "Isabella Hercus" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th January 1856 [8]
  • Miss Kate Regan, (b. 1846), aged 19, Irish domestic servant from Limerick travelling from London aboard the ship "Tudor" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1865 [9]
  • Margaret Regan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mallard" in 1870
  • John Regan, aged 32, a cattle dealer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Catherine Regan, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Regan (post 1700) +

  • Russ Regan (1928-2018), born Harold Rustigan, an American record executive, President of UNI Records and 20th Century Records from Sanger, California
  • Second Lieutenant Patrick J. Regan (1882-1943), American officer in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I
  • Donald Thomas Regan (1918-2003), American government official and financier, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1981-1985)
  • Tom Regan (b. 1938), American philosopher and animal-rights activist
  • Kenneth Mills Regan (1893-1959), American politician, U.S. Representative from Texas
  • Don Regan, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 23rd District, 2004 [10]
  • Dave Regan, American Democrat politician, President, Service Employees International Union, Local 1199; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008 [10]
  • Charles A. Regan, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 21st District, 1934; Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1936 [10]
  • C. H. Regan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1952 [10]
  • Ben Regan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1960 [10]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Michael Regan, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Laurence Regan, British Leading Cook "S", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Albert E Regan, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Regan +

  • 1437 The Invincible Irish: Ronald Wilson Reagen-Irish Ancestry and Immigration to America by Patricia Meade White, The Lineage of the Amos Ragan Family by Elizabeth H. Ragan.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Friday 15 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stuart 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.
  7. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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