Egan Name History

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The Irish surname Egan comes from the Gaelic "Mac Aodhagain" meaning "son of Aodh, son of fire". The ancient Egans were lawyers of Ui Maine which was an region which is today called Galway, Roscommon and Offaly.

Mac Aodhagáin (English: Egan or Keegan), is an Irish Gaelic clan of Brehons who were hereditary lawyers - firstly to the Ó Conchobhair Kings of Connacht, and later to the Burkes of Clanricarde.

The earliest surviving Irish law manuscript, In Senchas Már, was written prior to 1350 at a school (patronised by the Mac Aodhagáin) at Duniry, near Loughrea. Other branches of the clann maintained schools at Park, outside Tuam, and at Ballymacegan in Co. Tipperary. The work known as Leabhar Breac was produced by one of their students, while Dubhaltach MacFhirbhisigh may have studied at Ballymacegan under Flann Mac Aodhagáin up to the year 1643.

Learn more about the Egan family

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Egan surname. There is a wide selection of Egan coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Visit one of the Egan Pubs in Ireland

There are at least two Irish pubs that bear the Egan name in Ireland.

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Notable people named Egan

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