The surname of EGAN has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Granted in 1715 to Darby Egan Esq. of Uskean, descended from Egan of Ballymac-Egan, County Tipperary. This name derives from Mac Aodhagain, a sept which originated in Tipperary, but became widely dispersed, some settling Tipperary, County Offaly and County Kilkenny, so the Egans were to be found in roughly equal numbers at the end of the last century in Connacht, where they originated, and in Leinster where they settled, with a substantial representation in Munster. The name is rarely, if ever, now found with the prefix as McEgan. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000.
Pierce Egan ( 1772-1849 ) was the London born writer, a journalist, he was the author of many works including BOXANIA. He achieved fame with his description of the life of a man about town ' Life in London ' published in serial form in 1820, and as a book in 1821.
At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
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