McGahan (surname)

McGahan (surname)
MacGahan, McGahan
Family name
Meaning son of Eachán
Region of origin Ireland
Language(s) of origin Gaelic
Related names Eachaidh; Eachán; Gahan; McCaughan; Mac Eacháin; MacGaffin; McGaffin

MacGahan, and McGahan, are of Northern Irish surnames. They are Anglicised forms of the Irish language Mac Eacháin, meaning "son of Eachán". The personal name Eachán is a diminutive of the personal name Eachaidh, which is based upon the Gaelic each, meaning "horse".[1]

People

  • Andrew McGahan - (born 1966) - Australian - novelist.
  • Hugh McGahan - (born 1961) - New Zealander - rugby league footballer.
  • Tony McGahan, Australian - rugby union coach.
  • Barney McGahan (born 1928) - (died 2008) - American - Prominent Nebraskan Politician and Physical Therapist.

References

  1. ^ "Learn about the family history of your surname". Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx?. Retrieved 21 February 2010.  which cited Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.  for the surname "McGahan".

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