Friday, February 19, 2010

Surname Saturday: Dougan


(note:  the following information came from the surname informaton and family facts)

Scottish and Irish: variant spelling of Dugan.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

The motto, Virtve et Valore ("By Virtue and Valor") is derived from Old English rather than from the Irish translation of Ó Dubhagáin, meaning "dark" or "black." The motto is derived from the Old English word dūgan (preterite-present: dēag ‘it is useful’, dugon ‘they are useful’, dohte ‘it was useful’). Other definitions include "to avail, to be of use, to serve"; Ðonne his ellea deah ("when his valour avails"); "to be fit or strong".

Other variations include:  Dugan, Duggan, O'Duggan, Douggan, Deugan and Dewgan
My link to the Dougan name come from my ggg grandfather Joseph Dougan on my father's side of the family though his mother.

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