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Recorded in a wide variety of spellings including Carrigan, Courigan, Corrigan, Currigan and Carrocan, this is an Irish surname of great antiquity. Deriving from the Gaelic form of O' Corragain, the name like many Irish surnames is a form of descriptive nickname. It translates as "The descendant of the kin of Corra", the latter being an early pre 7th century baptismal name meaning "Spear". This was originally a name given to either a mighty soldier or hunter, both being equally popular in the ancient mythology of the country.

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I am in search of the family of Patrick Carrigan. He is my immigrant ancestor. I know he is my 3 x grandfather I know he was Irish born and was married in Philadelphia in 1845. I know many details of his life in Philadelphia. What I do not know is when he arrived, what ship he was on, who he traveled with, where he came from in Ireland, did he meet family in Philadelphia? I know he had two sisters. Did they all sail together? Before the famine? Because of the famine? I don’t know and I’ve exhausted many resources in and around Philadelphia trying to find out. Thank you, Megan Devlin


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