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Dagnan Coat of Arms / Dagnan Family Crest

Dagnan Coat of Arms / Dagnan Family Crest

The surname of DAGNAN which has many variants of the name was originally derived from the Gaelic O'Duibhgeanain. They are of eastern Connacht, and from them descend families with the surname Duigan and the less frequent variants of Duignam, Dignan and Dignam. The name was of the occupational group of surnames meaning 'one who worked in a dairy'. The Irish prefixes of Mac (son of) and O (grandson or descendant of) gave rise at an early date, to a set of fixed hereditary names in which the literal patronymic meaning was lost or obscured. These surnames originally signified membership of a clan, but with the passage of time, the clan system became less distinct, and surnames came to identify membership of what is called a 'sept' of people all living in the same locality, all bearing the same surname, but not necessarily descended from a common ancestor. Adoption of the name by people who did not otherwise have a surname and by their dependents was not uncommon. Later, nicknames were in some cases to supersede the original clan names. The name was recorded in Ireland in 1372 as O'Dubhagain, and in 1540 as Duggan. The name was found in England and early records of the name mention Thomas Dikman of Yorkshire, listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name show a Thomas Shaw who married Bridget Dignam at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1766 and a certain Peter Carrol married Margaret Dignum at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1766. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (They were a sept in Ulster, descended from the race of O'Neill). Arms of O'Dugenan. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

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last updated on: September 13 2018

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