Origin of the Name Gaughan
The origin of the name Gaughan
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Gaughan
include Gahan, Gavaghan, Geehan, Guihen, McGeehan, McGahan, Wynne and Mulgeehy. This name in Irish is O'Gaibhtheachain and the latter variants are the anglicized form of this. This sept was from Connacht, Mayo, Roscommon and Donegal.
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. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
They were a branch of the Hy Fiachrach who possessed territory near Crossmolina in County Mayo. They were Chiefs of Calry in the barony of Tirawley. The second sept is of O'Gaoithin with their names being anglicized Geehan, Guihen and Gahan. They were located in Roscommon. The third sept were located in County Donegal with their names being anglicized as McGeehan, Mageean Wynne, Gaughan and others.
The Gaughan coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gaughan descendants.