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Deignan Name Meaning

Irish (Sligo and Mayo): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duibhgeannáin ‘descendant of Duibhgeannán’ a diminutive of Duibhgeann (see Deegan and compare Degnan ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Duignan, Dignan, Dinan, Deegan, Meighan, Deighan, Drugan, Kinnan

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Where is the Deignan family from?

You can see how Deignan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Deignan family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Deignan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Deignan families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Deignan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Deignan families in 1880.
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What did your Deignan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Deignan. 29% of Deignan men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Deignan women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Deignan were Salesman and Nurse. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Manager
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Secretary
  • Teacher
  • Nurse
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Deignan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 897 military records available for the last name Deignan. For the veterans among your Deignan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Deignan lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Deignan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Deignan in 1942 was 37, and 81 in 2004.

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