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This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is one of the Anglicized forms of the Gaelic "O'Duibhginn", which is composed of the elements "O", descendant of, with the byname "Dubhceann", from "dubh", black, and "ceann", head, and would have been given to one with dark hair. The Duignan's were one of the more important literary families of Ireland, and were bards and ollaves to the leading septs who resided in the counties of Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford. Their principal residence was at Kilronan, Co. Roscommon, of which parish they were erenaghs (lay lords of the Church). The first recorded namebearer in the latter half of the 13th Century (see below) is described as "that holy man, peer of saints, who surpassed even Paul"...

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Annette Austin nee Walsh

Hi there, I am writing from Melbourne Australia and keen to find out more about my Duignan ancestry. My dad came to Australia in 1958 and i was born not long after. While dad is still around i have been picking his brain for any information about the Duignans. Unfortunately, he doesn't know that much . I have found some information from I found a Garrett Walsh married Mary Duignan around 1909. Mary's parents were Bryan Duignan and Mary Cassidy. That's where it ends for me unfortunately. I was hoping you could steer me in the right direction for more research. Cheers Annette


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