According to the Internet Surname Database, the Egan surname has its origins in Ireland and is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic “Mac Aodhagain”.
Surname in my Tree
My closest Egan ancestor is my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Alice Egan. Her parents were Martin Egan and Mary McDonall. They arrived in the United States around 1859 – perhaps only about a week before Mary Alice was born. (Can you imagine making that journey while being VERY pregnant?)
It is presumed that they arrived at one of the northeastern U.S. ports, because Mary Alice was born in Maryland or Washington, DC (stories disagree). Martin died soon after arriving in the United States, likely around 1865. The family lived in several other states, then Mrs. Egan remarried to Patrick McDonald and they settled in Dakota Territory around 1870.
Clearly, I know very little about this family. Unfortunately, Martin Egan is not an altogether uncommon name, which also makes narrowing down potential candidates rather tedious. I will probably need to start with when and where the couple arrived in the United States, whether they had any other children with them, and where they may have lived by 1860 so I can locate them on the census.
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