Egan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Egan Family History

Egan Family History

The family history of the ancient name Egan was found in the 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 Egan include Eagan, Keegan and Hegan. These names are derived from the Gaelic MacAodhagain sept. The variant anglicized form of MacEgan is very rarely used in modern times.

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.

These families were great lawyers and belonged to the famous Ui Maine. They settled in Ormond, especially in Counties Tipperary, Kilkenny and Offaly, where the most important Chief Brehon, to the O'Connor Faly, was MacEgan. In some parts of Leinster and Connacht their name was changed to Keegan during the period of Gaelic submergence. Owen MacEgan, 1570-1603, was Bishop-designate of Ross, and was a prominent supporter of Tyrone in the Elizabethan Wars.The Egan 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 Egan descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Egan Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
Bend A bearing of High Honour which signifies Defence or Protection.
Tower/Castle Denotes Grandeur and a place in Society
Plate Representing a Silver Coin

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