Regan


Regan
This is an anglicized form of the Olde Gaelic name O' Riagain or O' Raogain. There were three main septs of this family in Ireland, each with separate origins. The first belonged to Counties Meath and Dublin and were one of the Four Tribes of Tara (Tara was the seat of the high kings of Ireland). The second sept descended from Riagan, nephew of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, (1002 - 1014). They ruled in the ancient territory of Tuathmhumhan (Counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary). The third sept resided in Carbery (South West Cork) and were kinsmen of the MacCarthy's. Fineen MacCarthy, writing in 1595, mention fifteen families living there. The Reagans emigrated to the U.S.A. before the Famine a distinguished descendant being Ronald Reagan. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Maurice O' Regan (Gaelic O' Riagain), which was dated Born circa 1125 wrote an account of the Norman Inavasion, during the reign of "High Kings of Ireland with Opposition", 1170. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Regan — Regan, ND U.S. city in North Dakota Population (2000): 43 Housing Units (2000): 32 Land area (2000): 1.008921 sq. miles (2.613092 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.008921 sq. miles (2.613092 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Regan, ND — U.S. city in North Dakota Population (2000): 43 Housing Units (2000): 32 Land area (2000): 1.008921 sq. miles (2.613092 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.008921 sq. miles (2.613092 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Regan — f English: apparently of Shakespearian origin. This is the name of one of the three daughters in King Lear (1605), a most unattractive character, who flatters her father into giving her half his kingdom and then turns him out into a raging storm… …   First names dictionary

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  • Regan — [rē′gən] n. in Shakespeare s King Lear, the younger of Lear s two cruel and disloyal daughters …   English World dictionary

  • Regan — Personen mit dem Nachnamen Regan sind Anna Regan (1841–1902), Geburtsname der Sängerin und Gesangslehrerin Anna Schimon Regan Bridget Regan (* 1982), US amerikanische Schauspielerin Charles Tate Regan (1878–1943), britischer Ichthyologe Donald… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Regan — n. female first name; family name; Lear s youngest daughter in Shakespeare s play King Lear ; Ronald Regan (1911 2004), 40th president of United States (1981 1989) …   English contemporary dictionary


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