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Coglan Family Crest / Coglan Coat of Arms

Coglan Family Crest / Coglan Coat of Arms

This surname COGLAN derives either from the Mac Cochlain sept whose territory was the barony of Garrycastle, County Offaly, or from the O'Cochlain sept from County Cork, where their descendants are numerous, usually now preferring the spelling of Coughlan. Other spellings of the name include O'COUGHLAN, COGHLAN, and CAWLIN. The maritime county of Cork, in Munster, is bounded by the sea on the south-west, the south and the south-east. To the east it has land boundaries with the counties of Waterford and Tipperary, and to the north with Limerick and to the west with Kerry. Anciently the country formed part of the kingdom of Desmond. After the Anglo-Norman Invasion the whole of the present county, save the City of Cork (which had been founded by the Vikings) and its surroundings, was granted in 1177 by Henry II to Anglo-Norman knights who brought over their followers and established a military colony. In the latter part of the sixteenth century, an influx of settlers arrived under the patronage of Elizabeth I of England, and colonized the country beyond the 'Pale', the area around Dublin that was the only part firmly under English control. At the same time , groups of Presbyterian settlers were encouraged to migrate from Scotland to Ulster, thus establishing the distinctively Scottish surnames of Ulster. During the long centuries of English domination, Irish surnames were crudely Anglicized either phonetically or by translation. In the 19th century, political repression and famine combined to force many Irish people to seek other countries in which to live. Large numbers emigrated to the United States, where strong emotional ties to Ireland are still preserved in many families, while others found themselves transported, willingly or otherwise, to Australia, often after having first tried to make a living in England. Irish surnames are now very widely dispersed, and are common in England as well as in Ireland, the United States and Australia. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered to John Coghlan of Kilcolgan, Kings Co. in the year 1654.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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