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This interesting surname is of Irish origin, but the source is uncertain. The Gaelic form is "O' Faodhagain", but a personal name Faodghagan is not known, and it may be a Gaelicized version of a surname of Norman origin. A number of Irish bearers of this name are descended from Patrick Fagan, who owned estates in County Meath in the 13th Century. According to tradition, his name was originally O' Hagan and he assumed the name Fagan at the command of King John, for reasons which are unclear. For many Centuries the surname has been associated with Counties Dublin and Meath; a branch of the family was also found in Kerry and another in Cork city, where Christopher Fagan took refuge in 1497...

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Nicole Dirks (Fagan)

My maternal grandfather moved from Ireland in the early 1900s and grew up in South Africa with his sister Matilda in the Catholic orphanage . His name was Herbert Robert Fagan born 1 April 1911, anyone have any suggestion on how to go about tracing his heritage? Due to the apartheid government he decided to claim "coloured" race status to be able to marry my grandmother.

Shirley A. Fagan Roggen

I'd like to know more about my Fagan ancestors. William John, 1800-1860, Wicklow. Supposedly married Mary Denney/Dennery also born about 1800. At least one child; John Alton Sr., born 6-24-1820 in Ireland. Arrived on November 13, 1850, NYC. I would love more info.


I'm looking for any info on a John Fagan Sr. born in 1826 in Yorkshire England and died in 1904. Pretty sure his father's name was Peter Fagan born around 1792. Thanks for any help. Mike - great-great-great grandson of John.

Ann (Fagan) Smart

One of my distant grandfathers was Phillip Phagans (Fagan) born 1730, but I'm unsure where. I have tried for many years to trace my lienage further back but have failed.I was always told our family came from Ireland....any info would be greatly appreciated

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Fagan name has a long history in Ireland, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the south-west region of the Emerald Island. The Fagan story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup O2] can trace their beginnings to what is now County Kerry from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Fagan surname origin is possibly a branch of what will become the Dáirine [R1b-L513] who are found in south Ireland around 300 CE.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Fagan story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


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