Monday, 27 February 2012

Origins & Meanings of the Corrigan Surname

The Corrigan (O'Corrigan, Carrigan, Corocan, Courigan, Currigan) surname is of Irish descent. Translated Corrigan means "Spear". The name is believed to have originated from Coirdhecan of the Cineal Eoghain. It is also believed to be connected to the Maguire clan. The Corrigan surname was popular in the 17th century in County Fermanagh in Ireland. Today, the name is spread out across most counties in Ireland and some of the United States and Canada.

The Irish sept O Corragain who had their stronghold in County Fermanagh, as a branch of the Maguires is in fact, the origin of those named Corrigan, Carrigan, Courigan, Corgan, and Currigan. The early records of the name in the Annals of the Four Masters, indicate that the name was closely associated with clerics and abbots. The name was established in the Middle Ages, going south into Counties Monaghan, Meath, Roscommon and Offaly. From the name Ballycorrigan near Nenagh in County Tipperary, it also appears that the name was prominent in that county.

The Corrigan Coat of Arms is a chevron between two trefoils slipt, in chief and in base a lizard passant vert. Their motto is: Consilio et Impetu

The link to my family tree of this surname lies in my husband's side of the family, with his great grandmother being Ellen Corrigan.  Ellen's family came to Scotland at the end of the 19th century and in 1908, she married James Grieve, who was also from Ireland.  Together they had five children, one of who was my husband's grandfather William.  William then went on to marry Catherine O'Brien, whose surname already features in this blog.

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