Teegan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Teegan family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a deacon, an officer in the church. The occupation appears in the Old French as diacne, in Old English as diacon or deacon, and in Old English as deakne. Alternatively, the name could have been derived "from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of David.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Teegan family

The surname Teegan was first found in Suffolk where Richard le Diakne was the first record of the family appearing in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212. A few years later, Richard le Deken(e) was listed in the Assize Rolls for Bedfordshire in 1247 and later in the Assize Rolls for Northumberland in 1256. [2]

As an occupation, "Walter the Deacon was at the compilation of Domesday a tenant in chief in the counties of Gloucester and Essex." [3] [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Gile Deacon, Norfolk; Richard le Dekene, Norfolk; Adam le Dekene, Somerset; and Peter le Dekne, Cambridgeshire. [1]

Up north in Scotland, the first record of the family was Walter Dekne, burgess of St. John's town of Perth, who had a safe conduct into England for two years, 1291. [5]

Early History of the Teegan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Teegan research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1256, 1327, 1327, 1332, 1379, 1697, 1753 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Teegan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Teegan Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Teegan were recorded, including Deakin, Deacon, Deakan, Deakins, Dekne, Diakne and many more.

Early Notables of the Teegan family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Teegan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Teegan family to Ireland

Some of the Teegan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Teegan migration to Australia +

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

Teegan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Teegan, aged 12, a child, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [6]
  • Patrick Teegan, aged 10, a child, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [6]
  • William Teegan, aged 8, a child, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Teegan (post 1700) +

  • Evelyn Irene Hoopes Teegan (b. 1931), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, 1989-93; Tonga, 1989-93; Tuvalu, 1989-93; Kiribati, 1989-93


The Teegan 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: In utrumque utroque paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for both.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/china1852.shtml


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