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Egan


EganThe Family is descended from Cairbre Crom, chief of Hy Many in the 6th Century and has as its eponymous ancestor Aedhagan, who flourished in the 10th century, making the surname one of the oldest in Europe.  It is derived from the root 'aedh' meaning fire and the diminutive 'an' hence 'the little bright-eyed one'.

Because they were associated with the chieftains in all parts of the country their descendants are widespread.  Among the O'Kennedys of Lower Ormand in North Tipperary they became particularly string.  There are a number of their castles still standing, and one of these, Redwood, where a celebrated law school flourished, has now been fully restored and is owned and occupied by Chief of the Clan.

Like other Irish Families who did not conform they lost all, but preserved the educational tradition throughout the Penal Times.  After Emancipation in 1829 many of the name followed their hereditary professions of teaching, law and medicine.

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