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Subject: Re: Riggans
Author: Sean Foglai   (guest)
Date: November 11, 2006 at 7:56 PM
Reply to: Riggans by The LP

Possibly an alternative form of ...

Riggins
English, Scottish, and Irish: unexplained. Possibly a variant of Higgins (see below) through misdivision of a name such as Peter Higgins.

Higgins
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUiginn ‘descendant of Uiginn’, a byname meaning ‘viking’, ‘sea-rover’ (from Old Norse víkingr).
Irish: variant of Hagan (see below).
English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Higgin, a pet form of Hick (see below).

Hagan
reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁgáin ‘descendant of Ógán’, a personal name from a diminutive of óg ‘young’.
reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAodhagáin ‘descendant of Aodhagán’, a personal name formed from a double diminutive of Aodh meaning ‘fire’.

Hick
English: from the medieval personal name Hicke, a pet form of Richard. The substitution of H- as the initial resulted from the inability of the English to cope with the velar Norman R-.
Dutch: from a pet form of a Germanic personal name, such as Icco or Hikke (a Frisian derivative of a compound name with the first element hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’).
East German: from a derivative of a Slavic pet form of Heinrich.
South German: from Hiko, a pet form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ as the first element.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University

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  • Riggans - The LP  Nov 11 2006, 5:30 PM
    • Re: Riggans - Sean Foglai  Nov 11 2006, 7:56 PM