Last name: Regan

This is an anglicized form of the Olde Gaelic name O' Riagain or O' Raogain. There were three main septs of this family in Ireland, each with separate origins. The first belonged to Counties Meath and Dublin and were one of the Four Tribes of Tara (Tara was the seat of the high kings of Ireland). The second sept descended from Riagan, nephew of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, (1002 - 1014). They ruled in the ancient territory of Tuathmhumhan (Counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary). The third sept resided in Carbery (South West Cork) and were kinsmen of the MacCarthy's. Fineen MacCarthy, writing in 1595, mention fifteen families living there. The Reagans emigrated to the U.S.A. before the Famine a distinguished descendant being Ronald Reagan. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Maurice O' Regan (Gaelic O' Riagain), which was dated Born circa 1125 wrote an account of the Norman Inavasion, during the reign of "High Kings of Ireland with Opposition", 1170. 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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Randy Regan

Hey guys! Besides my siblings and dad, I am the only African American I know with the last name Regan. My dad wasn't close with his father so he can't tell me a lot about the origin of our name. I've been having some difficulty with the research. I was wondering if any of you guys had an idea where to start?

Mark Regan

Any regans here from Ireland?

Hannah O'Malley-Regan
My Mother's name is Regan, and we're from Barnaby, NB, often called one of the most Irish settlements in Canada. We're full Irish on that side, and on the O'Malley side we're half-Irish.

Charles McKay
My grandmother was Mattie Regan as a maiden, marrying my grandfather David McKay in the later part of the 1800's. Mattie, we were told, was half Cherokee. I would like to know if this is true.She once wrote to the BIA asking for a roll number but was declined because she was a Western Cherokee.

Mary Gibson
Charles, my gr-grandmother's name was Mattie Regan. She was from Mississippi, but we know very little about her, other than she is buried around Columbia, Ms. My mother always told us that we had Cherokee blood, but in our geneology search, we have not been able to find that. I have a marriage license for my gr-grandmother, but I believe that she married someone with the surname of Bedwell. She already had my grandmother whose name was Margaret Alice Augusta Regan. She was called "Gussie" or Alice. I would love to hear back from you. My e-mail is jollygib@att,net.

Tanya Regan
My name is Tanya Regan and it is soooooooooooo hard to find anything relating to regan

Larry regan
All you need to know is that your a regan and your full blooded Irish not Italian. We are tough smart and have big hearts and super human strength we are the fighting Irish. Larry Regan Boston MA

William Patrick Regan
G'day from AUSTRALIA

Caisee Jones

Hi, Where about's in Australia are you from?

Anie regan

I'm looking for anyone who is related to the regains from canning town

paul regan
Im a regan, well most of are here i know my family is from washington st. My grandfather had brothers and sisters but im not sure how many. I have been told that his parents came from ireland or there parents not sure. Any one got any info it would be cool to make a tree.

My last name is Regan, but it's apparently a variant spelling of Riggan/Riggen/Rigge, which is English. I always assumed that I was Irish until I did some digging.

Diane Regan
My name is Diane Regan, like Lorraine above, my family came from London and are now in Brighton (Hove)....@ JLSF , there were a couple of Irish/Italian marriages in my family due to the Catholic link. The part of London that my family settled in (after coming from Ireland) had a large Italian community, therefore the children of both nationalities went to the local Catholic schools. Often these childhood friends would go on to marry.

Here's a funny one. My grandmother has told me that her maiden name is Regan, but her relatives are from Italy. Not once has she mentioned that she is anything but Italian, despite her love of the Irish culture. My husband swears that she looks and acts Irish. What is the truth? Could there be a way that she really is Italian with the name of Regan?

Jim Regan
She might be half italian, immigrants to america of a darker complexion often took on Irish surnames when they arrived in america to appear as white and face less discrimination(although the irish were discriminated against, just not as bad as italians). However, Regan is most certainly Irish so she's either Irish, half Irish or italian who adopted the name Regan. :)

Lorraine Regan
I am Lorraine Regan and I know my grandparents family came from Ireland but they grew up in London and that is where I lived until the age of six when I moved to Brighton. I would love to trace my family tree, but I have lost touch with most of the Regan side of my family.

Nicholas Regan
My name is Nicholas Regan. Im 15 and I know none of the origin of my last name.

Cheryl Regan
My madien last name is Regan. I know very little about my paternal heritage, other than we are Irish. It is interesting to have an idea how the surname Regan came about.

Bill Regan
My name is William Regan. I also know very little about my family history. If you know anything more that may help please email me. I am trying to learn more. My email is Thank you!

Tom MacDougall
I have discovered that I am two-thirds Irish. I was adopted and had no clue. My Mother's kin are O'Regans, but I do not know which clan, Tribes of Tara, or the Southwest Cork Clan, or Co. Clare? My Father is Scotch-Irish, and has the name of Thomas and that is a bigger can of worms. Two-thirds Irish, a large amount of Highland Scot, and a dash of English. Where to start....