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Garrigan Family History

Recorded in the spellings of Garrigan, Gargane and MacFadden (!), this ancient Irish and apparently now quite rare surname, has pre 10th century origins. It derives from the Gaelic word "gearg" meaning a warrior, and has always been associated with the County Donegal region. Nethertheless it has some very confused origins and developments. The late Irish etymogist Edward Lysaght said that the name could be prefixed with either "Mac" meaning son of or O', the descendant of, but that it was no longer found with either.

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