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This notable Irish surname is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O'Ruadhain", descendant of Ruadhan, a male given name from "ruadh", red. The principal "O'Ruadhain" septs originated in Connacht: one belonged to the Ui Maine (an ancient territory embracing mid Galway and south Roscommon), and the other were located in Ui Fiachrach (north Mayo, Sligo and south Galway). In the latter territory, the name is sually Anglicized as Ruane and Roughan, with Rowan scattered throughout the four provinces. The 16th Century Elizabethan Fiants Records relating to Counties Clare, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois show "O'Ruadhain" under the variants: Rowan, O'Rowane, O'Rowhan, O'Rowghan, O'Roan, O'Roen and O'Rwna...

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