Garagan Family History
ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Garagan
include Garrahan, Garraghan, Garrigan, Gargan, Garaghan and McFadden. These Irish names are derived from the Gaelic MagArachain sept of County Fermanagh and the Gaelic MacGeargain sept of Counties Cavan and Louth. These names can also be of Scottish origin, thence the variant form of McFadden. When Scottish families of that clan moved into Ulster Province in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries some native Gaelic septs adopted McFadden as their anglicized name. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. When of Fermanagh they were an ecclesiastical family who originally belonged to Lisgoole but later moved southwards and westwards. An early record of the name relates to a County Galway Fiant for 'MacGaraghan' in the year 1577. The Garagan
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Garagan