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This family, like most of the south Welsh colonists was probably of Flemish origin.
It is said that the ancestors can be traced back to Cardigan where they were seated before the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
The first of the family to arrive in Ireland was the famous Milo de Cogan who came to Ireland as Strongbow's right-hand man in the Anglo-Norman Invasion of 1172. He was granted huge estates in Cork by Henry II. He left no son to carry on the name so the name was practically extinct by the 17th century but luckily enough minor branches under the name Goggin.
The family was among the leaders of the invasion of Cork, Ireland; so most must descend from Richard de Cogan who lived in the early thirteenth century. Richard also possess lands around Bray in Wicklow and obtained lands in Galway at the time of the Connacht invasion, which the family lost during the fourteenth century. Also, in that century the greater share of the Cogan estate in Cork was overrun but they retained lands south of Cork until the seventeenth century
Goggin originally was used as a regional appellation. Regional surnames stem from place names including rivers, countries, and man made features such as buildings, crossroads and many other objects. A person could be given a name indicating a place which was rea...