Colgan Family History

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Colgan Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McColgan, or an Americanized form of Irish Ó Colgáin ‘descendant of Colga’, a personal name based on colg ‘thorn’, ‘sword’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Coogan, Mccolgan, Cogan, Corgan, Coggan, Logan, Colman, Colen, Cowan

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Colgan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Colgan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Colgan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    38%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    37%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    4%

  • Italy

    3%

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Colgan Family Origin

Where is the Colgan family from?

Colgan Family Occupations

What did your Colgan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Colgan family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Colgan. The most common Colgan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Colgan's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    21%
  • Laborer

    13%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Blacksmith

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Colgan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Colgan Historical Records

What Colgan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Colgan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colgan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Colgan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Colgan. For the veterans among your Colgan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Colgan Life Expectancy

What is the average Colgan lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Colgan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Colgan in 1951 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Colgan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Colgan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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