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The Irish Surname Egan

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Liz Egan Nilsen was on to us – wondering about the Irish surname “Egan” (you can read Liz’s question and story at the end of this mail). Origin of the Irish Surname Egan. Egan – a shortened form of “MacEgan” comes from the Irish “Mac Aodhagáin” (phonetically pronounced “Mock A-agawn”). This is derived from the […]

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Are you a Mannion of America?

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The Mannions of America

Do you recognise this poster (remember the mini-series)? Guess we’ll have to add “Brosnan” to our list of names in honour of Pierce Brosnan’s first starring role! So where does the surname Mannion/Manion/Manning come from? Way back in the third century, six tribes collectively called the “Sogain” came to Galway from Ulster and occupied an […]

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