Last name: Keegan
This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacAodhagain". The Gaelic prefix "mac" denotes "son of", and the personal name "Aodhagain" is a diminutive of "Aodh", "fire", originally the name of a pagan god. The great MacAodhagain sept originated in the ancient territory of Ui Maine (comprising mid-Galway and south Roscommon), where they held the hereditary office of "ollav" or awyer to the ruling families. A branch of this important Brehon (law-giving) family settled in the Leinster counties of Wicklow and Dublin, where the name was Anglicized Keegan, the original Anglicized form being Egan. Following the destruction of the Old Gaelic order, this sept held high office in the Church, and several of its members distinguished themselves in battle. On November 22nd 1792, Betty, daughter of William Keegan, was christened in Athy, Co. Kildare. Between January 1846 and June 1847 thirty-two Keegans are known to have arrived in New York as famine immigrants. The family Coat of Arms is a shield divided quarterly red and gold, with a silver tower supported on either side by a man in complete armour holding in the interior hand a battle-axe all proper, in the first and fourth quarters, and a green bend changed with three silver plates in the second and third. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Sarah Egan, which was dated 1226, marriage to Thomas L'Estrange, at Killaloe, Co. Clare, during the reign of King Henry 111 of England, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Great grandmother was Annie Coogan, came to the US in the 1880s or thereabouts. Swore she would never marry a man named Keegan LOL. Matthew Sarsfield Keegan born March 1 1900 (her son, my grand dad). I also was born on that date, though 65+ years later ;). There is 1 other relative also born on that same date!
I would like to try and find the family of catherine keegan, sister my my father james keegan, born in middlesbrough, my father was born in 1917 catherine was a yr or two younger, they lost there mother when my father was only 5 0r 6 yrs old...my grandfather re married and went onto have another 5 or 6 siblings,,my father left home at age 17 and had never heard or ever seen his sister (catherine ) again...the only information we have is, it is thought she joined the ATS during the war and went to london during the blitz...thats the last anyone knows. My father when still alive so wished to no what happened to her...Did she marry? and have children? where did she settle? wish with all my heart that we could find her, we tried on several occasions but didnt get very far!!...If any of this rings any bells with anyone...i would be very happy and gratefull for any information...Wherever you are catherine!! you have an expended family wishing to meet you and possibly yours. my e mail is email@example.com