Cregan Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Cregan Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Cregan

The ancient history of the name Cregan was found in the archives. The names Cregan and Creegan are derived from the Gaelic O'Croidheagain sept that was located in Connaught Province and which is taken from the Gaelic word 'croidhe' meaning 'heart'.
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.
It is possible that Cregan is also derived from the MacRiagain sept. This name has a number of variants including Creaghan, Crean and Crehan which are more often anglicized forms of the Gaelic O'Croidheain sept that was located in County Donegal. In modern times these name are still well represented in their original homeland Counties.
The Cregan 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 Cregan descendants.
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