Origin of the Name Hegan
The origin of the name Hegan
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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 Hegan
include Hagon and O'Hagan. This is one of the Gaelic names which was less affected than most by the widespread dropping of the prefix O during the centuries of Gaelic submergence. In Irish the name is O'hAodhagain. There are many variants of the name in English such as Hegane, Hagane and Aiken. These families are essentially Ulster people of Gaelic stock. The sept was located in County Tyrone with the seat of the Chief at Tullahogue, where he exercised the hereditary right of inaugurating O'Neil as King or overlord of Ulster . Of individual members of the sept perhaps the best remembered is Turlough O'Hagan, Chief of the Name, who journeyed to County Wicklow to bring back Hugh O'Donnell and the two O'Neills to Ulster after the latter's dramatic escape from prison in Dublin Castle in 1590.
The Hegan 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 Hegan descendants.