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This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacAodhagain". The Gaelic prefix "mac" denotes "son of", and the personal name "Aodhagain" is a diminutive of "Aodh", "fire", originally the name of a pagan god. The great MacAodhagain sept originated in the ancient territory of Ui Maine (comprising mid-Galway and south Roscommon), where they held the hereditary office of "ollav" or awyer to the ruling families. A branch of this important Brehon (law-giving) family settled in the Leinster counties of Wicklow and Dublin, where the name was Anglicized Keegan, the original Anglicized form being Egan...
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