Mcgovern Family History
The family history of the ancient name McGovern
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 McGovern
include McGoveran, McGowran and Magauran. These names are derived from the Gaelic Mag Shamhrain sept that was located in County Cavan. The town of Ballymagauran that still exists testifies to their long association with this area. This sept name is taken from the Gaelic word 'samhra' meaning 'summer'.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
Their ancestor was Samhradhan who lived circa 1100, at the time surnames came into being. He was descended from Eochaidh, eighth century, and their territory was called Teallach Eochaidh, now Tullyhaw, in north-west Cavan. The leading family of the sept were allied by marriage to the Maguires, O'Rourkes and other powerful families and are mentioned in the 'Annals of the Four Masters' from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries. The town of Ballymagauran was burned to the ground by Maguire in the year 1481 for an allegedly dishonourable act by the Magauran of the day. In modern times the name McGovern and it variants are still well represented in the Cavan area.
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 McGovern