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This is an anglicized form of the Olde Gaelic O' Luchrain. The prefix O' indicates "the male descendant of", plus the personal byname "Luchrain", a diminutive of "luchair" meaning bright and resplendent. This great sept recorded in the spellings of O'Loughran. O'Loughrey, and Deloughery, originally belonging to County Armagh, produced several distinguished ecclesiastics including Thomas O' Loughran, Dean of Armagh, (deceased 1416). Three further priests of the name John O' Loughran, Patrick O' Loughran and Neilan Loughran, Order of Franciscan Monks, of Armagh, died as martyrs for the faith in 1576, 1612 and 1652 respectively. A separate branch of the family settled in County Tyrone about the year 1430, and the name remains prevalent there to the present day...

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