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Originally Mac Oistigain and sometimes if incorrectly Mac Costagain, and later in the 17th century Mac Costigan, Costegan, Costigan, and even O' Costigan, this is an early Irish surname. It is however arguably Norman in origin with Oistigin being a Gaelic form of the personal name Roger. This was introduced into Ireland after the conquest of the country in 1170 by Strongbow, earl of Pembroke. The surname was once very popular in Counties Leix formerly Queens County, and Kildare, but after the battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the main clan from Grange, County Leix, supported the Catholic King James 11nd and lost, they were dispossessed and gradually lost influence.

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bruce costigan

I'm looking for Costigan's that emigrated to Newfoundland from Ireland in the mid 19th century. My great-grandfather was Thomas Joseph Costigan. He resided in Colliers, Nfld and raised a family. I don't know if he was born in Nfld or Ireland.

Cameron Octigan

In the mid-19th Century, my great great grandfather Thomas Clark Octigan migrated from Manchester to Chicago, Illinois, USA. 1865. He was born somewhere in Munster, Ireland.


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