Kerrigan Family History
The family history of the ancient name Kerrigan
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 Kerrigan
include O'Keighron and Keighron. This name in Irish is O'Ciaragain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from North Connaught.
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.
They were one of the Hy Fiachrach of North Connaught and a branch of these migrated to County Donegal while another moved to County Armagh. The other sept of the name was Keighron, their territory being in County Galway in the Barony of Longford. In many cases this name has been changed to Kerrigan in places like Manorhamilton, County Leitrim. By the middle of the seventeenth century the name was well established in Armagh and in modern times they are often found in Ballykerrigan, County Mayo and Ballykergan, County Donegal.The Kerrigan
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 Kerrigan