Regan / / Family History
The Regan ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. The Irish name Regan originated in several Gaelic Septs. The most important of these was O'Riagain of Counties Meath and Dublin, they being one of the four tribes of Tara, being very prominent in the wars against the Danes. They were dispersed after the Anglo-Norman Invasion and their descendants have largely disappeared except in County Leix, to which they migrated. The other Sept was Dalcassian in origin, and descends from Riagan, nephew of the famous Brian Boru. They were seated in the Limerick area of Thomond but in modern times they are found more so in County Cork. A famous bearer of the name was Maurice O'Regan who wrote a contemporary account of the Strongbow Anglo-Norman invasion.The Regan 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 Regan descendants.