Carrigan / Family History
The ancient origin of the name Carrigan
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
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 Carrigan
include Corrigan, O'Corrigan, Corridon, Corrodan and Corridan. This name is O'Corragain in Irish. The sept belongs primarily to Fermanagh being of the same stock as the Maguires. Descendants of the name are still found in that part of Ulster, but the name today is very scattered, being found in most Counties. In the 1659 census Corrigan and O'Corrigan are among the more numerous Irish names in Offaly, Longford and Fermanagh. The place called Ballycorrigan is near Nenagh in County Tipperary, indicating that a leading family of Corrigan was seated there not later than the middle of the seventeenth century.The Carrigan
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 Carrigan