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Origin of the Coughlan Clan Name
This surname originates from the anglicisation of 2 distinct Gaelic sept names: Mac Cochlain and O’Cochlain, where Cochlain was a personal name which meant ‘hooded-one or one wearing a cloak’. Personal names often derived from some identifying feature and this was another example. Surnames then used prefixes to signify their descendants. Here mac means 'son of' and Ó (Ua) means 'grandson of' or more generally 'descendants of….'
The O’Cochlainns can be traced to Co. Cork and the territories of Carbery and Ballymore and again the name was popular and recorded in 1659. Many other clans had migrated to this part of Ireland following the arrival of the Normans and the Coughlains may have been associates of other clans from here, most notably the MacCarthys , O'Donovans or Condons.
This name was possibly of Dalcassian descent and therefore may well have been involved in the Battleof Clontarf 1014 when Brian Boru marched on Dublin with his Dalcassian army (the Dal gCais) to face the rebel Kings of Leinster and Dublin and their Viking and Gaelic mercenaries.
The Coughlan crest includes 3 red lions on a white background. Red is the colour for military strength and the lion for fierce courage also and in Ireland this beast is thought to represent a great warrior or chief. Variations of this name include Coughlan, Coghlan, Coughlin, O’Coughlain, MacCoghlain and Cohalan.
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