Origin of the Name McGuigan
The ancient history of the name McGuigan
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of McGuigan include Gavigan, Geoghegan, Maguigan, McGoogan, McGookin, McGuckian, McQuiggan, McWiggan, Fidgeon and Pidgeon. This name in Irish is MagUigin and the latter variations are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Ulster .
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.
Their homeland is County Tyrone, especially around Omagh, their surname being formed from Norse words which were common among the Cenel Eoghain. We first find the name recorded in a Fiant, County Tyrone, in the year 1602 and in the same year one of O'Donnell's followers was Conor MacGugyne. At the end of that century we find Hugh Magwygin, County Down, was one of the attained Jacobites. An important modern day representative of the family name was Cardinal MacGuigan, who was Archbishop of Toronto, Canada.
The McGuigan 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 McGuigan descendants.