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Origin: Mangum has been traced to three countries (Ireland, Germany and France, but the Irish derevation is by far the most common. I am part Mangum myself. Many Mangums settled in North Carolina and surrounding states and worked West from there. It is a direct corruption of at least one important Irish name (Mangan). This is an ancient family from the West of Ireland. Mangum is only one of a dozen variations of it. Some of these are natural (i.e. originated in Ireland) some originated on this side of the Atlantic because, lets face it, our ancestors weren't always that literate, and Americans would definitely have difficulty understanding Hiberno-English. Many of these immigrants were no more than 1 or 2 generations separated from a time when many Irish were still speaking Irish. The Website, www.infokey.com says that the name is of origination in Connacht, the western province of Ireland. I would like to know more about the origination of the name myself if anyone has any additional info about the name in general,or a man named Charles Luther Mangum from North Carolina who also lived in South Carolina for a time and by family legend was an Irish Immigrant in the last quarter of the 1800s. Andrew John Rich Norman, OK
Surnames: Mangum, Mangan, Manghan
Submitted by: Andrew J. Rich
Origin of Ghan, Meaning of Ghan

Origin: Asaph BLAISDELL Lived in Boston 1831 Directory. Prince St. .Where was he from, parents, Regards, Joan
Surnames: DEIGHAN
Submitted by: Joan Blaisdell
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Origin: Vaughn is a derivative of the Welsh word meaning "little" or "small".
Surnames: Vaughn, Vaughan
Submitted by: L.M. Vaughn
Origin of Ghan, Meaning of Ghan

Origin: Vaughan
Welsh origin meaning little
Surnames: Vaughan
Submitted by: glitz
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Origin: Carnahan - Victorious
Surnames: Carnahan, Carnaghan, Kernohan
Submitted by: Bess Carnahan
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Origin: Since Vaughan is Welsh in origin it might help those on their search to know that the Vaughan is the English pronouncement of the original Welsh spelling, Fychan or Bychan.
Surnames: Vaughan or Vaughn
Submitted by: Charlton Vaughan
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Origin: The Surname MacCaughan in North Antrim

McCaughan, MacEachain, is a name firmly associated by the Glensman with Glenshesk, and it is also scattered out across the Route to the Derry border.' During the last century and into the present one it was often spelt McCahan. This encouraged its association with the name of O'Kane, O Cathain, of Derry which had a numerous branch in the Route and the earlier anglicization of which was O Cahan. The desire to discover origins is a strong one and the attempt to explain McCaughan by linking it with the powerful O Kanes has given rise to some inventive stories. It is true that scribal errors and language confusion have sometimes led to the substitution of `O' for `Mac' and that there are individual cases of this happening to O Cahans. However these were merely mistakes or slips of the writer and seldom resulted in permanent change, mattering little to the owner of the name who presumably was not confused about it. Nevertheless William Adams in his little book Dalriada, implying the erroneous association of `Mac' with Scotland as opposed to that of `O' with Ireland, attempts to explain the change by relating what seems to have been a popular theory. This represented some O Cahans fleeing to Scotland after 1641, changing the `O' to `Mac' and returning as MacCahanz. Although this story persists in north Antrim there is no evidence for it and it clearly has no foundation. T. H. Mullin also mentions this tradition but also relevantly points out that some McCaughans may have changed their name to McCaughey or Caughey. He instances an indenture of 25th September 1773 (Registry of Deeds, Dublin) which mentions "Robert Kaghey by said lease called Robert McCachen, of Belfast".' Specifically claiming to show the connection between the O Cahans and the McCaughans is a family tree in the Northern Ireland Public Record Office.' Clearly set out is a chart linking the McCaughans in descent from Manus O Cahan noted as `living in the Route in 1247'. It is no part of my present interest to cast doubt upon the two individual sections of this tree, the O Cahans in the first half and the McCaughans in the more recent section. It is the precise connection between the two, which the chart claims as its purpose, which is important. This is unproven. The point at which O Cahans are said to have become MacCaughans, the connection, is based upon the discovery of Manus O Cahan living in the townland of Ballinlea, between Ballycastle and Bushmills, in 1641. Then Manus MacCaughan living in Ballinlea in 1720 is shown, without evidence, to be descended from him (he is shown as a son). From that point on the compiler traces the descendants of Manus MacCaughan, of whom he is one, down to those born in the early and mid-twentieth century. The connection between the two families is therefore not only unproven, but I consider it most unlikely. The Ballinlea O Cahans are traditionally the family from which Dunseverick castle was confiscated after the 1641 Rising. Charles O Cahan was the chief tenant of Ballinlea in 1734, fourteen years after the change of name allegedly illustrated by the appearance of Manus McCaughan in 1720.5 In 1738 Charles O Cahan sublet part of his land to two other O Cahans and one of the witnesses to the contract was Hector MacCaughan of Maghernahar, the neighbouring townland.6 Clearly both families with both names were in the district at that time. But that by no means implies a connection. Rather the reverse as each family clearly uses it own name, as do the Kanes and McCaughans who live side by side in the district to this day. Further the gaelic personal name Eachain from which McCaughan comes was widely used in west Scotland, and there it was englished `Hector', a name not in use among the Irish. Because of the obvious strong influence from Argyll there is sometimes an excessive tendency in the Glens to look for or to assume Highland Scots origin. Paradoxically I suggest that this tendency is reversed in the case of the McCaughans and that a lot of confusion could have been avoided by paying some attention to the Scottish evidence.
Among the chief families of Kintyre in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was that of MacEachan of Tangy whose name in gaelic was the same as that of the present day Antrim McCaughans.' The name was and is also found, as a sept of Clan Donald, in other parts of the west Highlands and in the outer Hebridies.
Memorials to several Hector McEachans may be seen at the Kintyre family's burying ground under the walls of the ruined church of Kilchenzie on the west coast of the peninsula. The few representatives of the family remaining in Kintyre now use the form `McKechnie' and according to my survey of the Electoral Register for
1970 there was then only one `McKeachan' in Islay. 8 Many of the name emigrated to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island where their descendants are numerous.'
One of the advantages of the erratic spelling of some centuries ago is that it often allows the actual pronunciation of the name at the time to reach us. From a Scottish Rental of the sixteenth century I seek men of the family whose head was MacEachan of Tangy, and I call them up with their names spelt as they are entered on this Roll in order to point towards the kinship with them of the family of McCaughan of north Antrim.'?

In north Kintyre:--
"Tawis McCauchane",
"Aichane McCauchane",
"Gillcallum Ouir McCauchane",

In south Kintyre: --
"Angus McAuchane",
"Donald McAuchane",
"Johanni Roy McAuchin",
"Neill McAuchane",
"Gillaspy McAuchane",
"- McCauchquhin",
"Gillanderis McCauchane".

In Islay and in Tiree:--
"Aichane McCauchane"
"Neill McDonald McCauchane".
"Alane MeDonald McCauchane".

It has not been attempted genealogically to connect this family of gaelic Scotland with the McCaughans of north Antrim. Neither has it been attempted to connect the Glenshesk branches with those of Ballinlea and the Route - they need not all have come to Ireland at the same time. The intention has been merely to demonstrate that the study of family names and the classification of part of the pattern for a particular area can enable us to establish probabilities, upon which further research might be based, about particular names which could otherwise be only the subject of complete speculation.
From their occurrence in the Hearth Money Rolls for Antrim the "McCaughans do not seem to have been as widely or as early established in the county as were some Kintyre families. However, of the six individuals mentioned in the surviving Roll for 1669 four are in Glenshesk or the Armoy glen, one in Dunluce town and one in Glendun." For the same reasons as it was connected with O Kane the name has also been associated with the modern surname `McKane' which occurs in some areas of west Antrim. I am inclined to reject this also. Under various spellings McKane, like O Kane, appears in the Hearth Money Rolls, but not in association with the McCaughans. At first thought they bring to mind the MacIan MacDonalds of Ardnamurchan in Argyll, who are now usually McDonald but who appeared widely in seventeenth century Argyll rentals as `McKane'. This seems a valid line of research to follow for the origin of the north Antrim McKanes and, particularly, McKeans.
However, in passing it may be noted that doubt is cast on the Scottish origin of the McKanes in the Hearth Money Roll by their personal names. `Connor', `Patrick', `Tedy', `Toole', are not those usually found among the Highland families unlike, for instance, those of the McCaughans, `Allex', `Don', `Allister'.
Finally it may be noted that another Kintyre family whose name in English looks similar to MacEachan is found, similarly altered, in north Antrim, although not in the Glens. This is MacEachern, Mac Each-thighearna, `son of the horse lord"', now usually known in the Route as McCaughern.

I. In the Coleraine/Garvagh area the present spelling is often `McCahon'.
2. Adams. William, Dalriada: or North Antrim, 59 (Coleraine 1906).
3 Mullin, T. H. and Mullin. J. E.. The Ulster Clans, 228 (Belfast 1966). There is a Tyrone family of Mac?ochaidh
which is anglicized McCaughey. Caughey belongs to County Down.
4 Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, T1247
5 McCahan. Robert, Dunseverick Castle, 17 (Coleraine, no date).
6 Mullin, T. H. and Mullan J. E., op.cit., 227
7 McKerral, Andrew, Kintyre in the Seventeenth Century. 10 (Edinburgh 1948).
8 Gravestones in Kilkerran graveyard, Campbeltown, Kintyre, illustrate the form `McEachan' and 'McKechnie'
being applied to the same people in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 9 Black, George F.. The
Surnames o( Scotland, 489 (New York 1946)
9 Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland, 489 (New York 1946)
10 Rentals of Kintyre. Islay. Jura, and Colonsay in 1541. In: The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, XV11. 625-642
(Edinburgh 1897).
11 Hearth Money Roll. County Antrim. 1669. Typescript. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. T307.
12 Black, George F., op. cit.. 489.
Surnames: Mccaughan
Submitted by: Gerry McCaughan
Origin of Ghan, Meaning of Ghan

Origin: Dundalk
County Louth
Surnames: callaghan
Submitted by:
Origin of Ghan, Meaning of Ghan

Origin: The surname Vaughan is one of just a few Welsh surnames derived from pure Celtic sources. It illustrates the influence of English customs on a family located in a bilingual border area where both English and the Welsh language interact. The name Vaughan has its origins in the Welsh epithet Fychan. This translates from Welsh as the younger or smaller (rather than small or little). So the name Rhosier Fychan, translates as 'young Roger'
Surnames: Vaughan, Vaughn, Fychan
Submitted by: Robert Vaughan

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