Coogan / Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Coogan / Family History

Coogan / Family History

The family history of the ancient name Coogan was found in the 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 Coogan include Cogan, Gogan, Goggin, O'Coogan, Coggan, Cogavin, Keogan and Keohane. The first of the family to arrive in Ireland was the famous Milo de Cogan who arrived into Ireland with Strongbow in the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1172. He was granted huge estates in Cork by Henry II. He left no son as heir so the name was practically extinct by the seventeenth century but luckily enough minor branches under the name Goggin, and Gogan still survived. Another sept of the Ui Maine was anglicized Cogan and Coogan, while another small sept of County Leitrim became Cogan and Coogan also. In County Cavan Cogan and Keogan are synonyms.The Coogan 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 Coogan descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Coogan / Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Oak Tree/Acorns/Oak Leaves Symbol of Antiquity and Strength

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