Origin of the Name MacGahan
The ancient history of the name MacGahan
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 McGahan
include Gahan, Gahon and Gaughan. These names are derived from the native Gaelic Mag Eachain and O'Gaoithin septs that were located in Counties Armagh and Monaghan and Counties Wexford and Wicklow respectively.
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.
McGahan is also an occasional anglicized form of the native Gaelic O'Gaibhtheachain sept name, taken from the word 'gaibhtheach' meaning 'anxious', that was located in County Mayo in the West of the country, and which was also changed to Gaughan.
The MacGahan 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 MacGahan descendants.