Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mrs Cheryl Turner
My interest in the Grogan surname originates from my grandfather Robert Joseph Grogan, born 17 March 1878 in Claremorris, Co Mayo, Ireland. Robert was one of four children born to an Andrew Grogan and Ann Louden. He was to eventually leave Ireland seeking work in the UK sometime after 1901 and before 1911, he later married my grandmother in 1917 in Lancashire, England.
Researching ancestors in Ireland can be a little more challenging as genealogical information that we often rely on when searching for possible connections, was destroyed during the Irish Civil War in 1922 when a fire broke out at the Four Courts in Dublin where Irish records were being held. I have however over the years been able to discover more about my grandfather’s family by using the various Irish resources which were not destroyed that are now available online.
I have found information in relation to a Robert Grogan, from Westport, Co Mayo, whom I believe is my grandfather x 3 but definite resources to prove this are not readily available and I am hoping as I expand this research into my Grogan family as part of an ONS that a vital clue might reveal itself.
I often use the website www.johngrenham.com when researching my Irish ancestors and the surname Grogan is one of the most widely dispersed surnames within Ireland. Using the above mentioned website and looking at the household numbers by County in Griffiths between 1847-64 shows the surname Grogan appears 438 times.
I am not registering any variants of the name at present.
The information below concerning the origin of the name is taken from www.surnameb.com
This interesting name is of Irish origins and appeared with the Prefix "O" until the 17th Century. In the 16th and 17th Centuries references are plentiful but by 1550 the sept had been dispersed from their homeland in Connacht, and seem to be found subsequently in counties Limerick, Kildare, Offaly and Tipperary. The derivation of this name is almost certainly from the Gaelic "Gruagain", a personal name from a diminutive of "gruag", hair, but Grogan may also be the Anglicization of the Gaelic "Grugain" from the personal name "Grugan", a diminutive of grug, fierceness. In the Tudor Fiants the name is usually recorded as O' Grogan but also with variants such as O'Grogane, O'Growgane, and O'Gruogan. One Nathaniel Grogan (1740 -1807), a painter of note, was a Cork man. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Maelbrighde O' Grugain, of Elphin, which was dated 1265, in the "Annals of the Four Masters", self styled king of Ireland, during the reign of De Brugo, (a Norman Conqueror), 1260 – 1265
Ewart Scott Grogan (1874-1967), British explorer, politician and entrepreneur, the first person to walk the length of Africa.
Nathanial Grogan (1740-1807), Irish landscape painter from Cork.
David Grogan (1914-1993) British water polo player at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Cornelius Grogan (1738-1798) one of the Co. Wexford gentry who joined the United Irishmen. He was executed for his prominent part in the Insurrection. His family was one of the largest non-titled landowners in Ireland and they resided at Johnson Castle in Co.Wexford. This historic home was acquired by John Grogan in 1692 and the descendents of John would remain at the Castle up until 1945.
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