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MILLIGAN Family History

Recorded in the spellings of O'Milligan, Miligan, Milliken, Milikin, Mulligan, Mullikin, Millican and possibly other forms, this interesting surname of Irish origin is an anglicized form of the pre 10th century Gaelic O Maolagain, although also widely recorded in Scotland. The name translates as the "descendant of Maolagan", a personal name from a double diminutive of "mael" and meaning "bald". As such it is probably an affectionate nickname for a monk or disciple, somebody who shaved their head as a sign of devotion. In the 20th century the surname is found mainly in Ulster, and to some extent in County Sligo...

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Paul Milligan

I am attempting to identify the Milligan or Milligan family that migrated from Ireland to North America in the mid to late 1700s. I can trace my family on my father's side back to the late 1700s in the state of Massachusetts, USA. We believe the person or family we are looking for departed northern Ireland and may have arrived in New York, Boston, or Canada.

Maggie Elizebeth Millican

James Millegan? 1733 irdell, ireland. Came over to america at pennsylvania. Father was either Andrew or another james. Could be him


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