Origin of the Name Duggan
The ancient history of the name Duggan
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 Duggan
include Dougan, Dugan and Duggin. These names are derived from the Gaelic O'Dubhagain sept name. The name O'Duggan is now almost entirely confined to Munster , especially Counties Cork , Tipperary, and Waterford. In the seventeenth century the name was very numerous in County Tipperary. This is as might be expected, because the principal sept of the name originated in the area around the modern town of Fermoy, where in pre-Norman times its Chief was Lord of the territory later known as Roche's Country. One other sept of the name was notable, that belonging to the Ui Maine, though not of the same origin as the O'Kellys. This sept has left its mark with some very distinguished descendants. To that sept belonged John O'Dugan who died in 1372, and who was co-author of the celebrated 'Topographical Poems'. Of the Hy Many sept too, was the Rev. Patrick Duggan, 1813-1896.
The Duggan 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 Duggan descendants.