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During my research into my family history I have found several
different names, I have also found that my surname DUHIG
has travelled the World

This is a list of all the other names and their origins that go to make up my DNA

CORCORAN
This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic (O), (Mac) Corcrain, from the personal name "Corcoran", itself coming
from the Gaelic "corcair", now used to denote purple but formerly meaning ruddy. The sept called MacCorcoran ("mac" denoting son of) was of some
importance in the Ely O' Carroll country; they were still people of substance in Counties Offaly and Tipperary at the end of the 16th Century, and the
name is fairly numerous in Counties Tipperary and Cork today. The O' Corcorans ('O' denoting descendant of) belonged to Fermanagh and produced a
number of ecclesiastics from the 11th Century to the 15th Century whose field of activity was around Lough Erne. The name is rare there now;
probably there was a westward migration as it is found in Counties Mayo and Sligo. The surname dates back to the late 14th Century (see below).
Church Records list the marriage of Pat Corcoran to Sally Doran on the 24th January 1700 in Borris, Carlow. One Brigadier General Michael Corcoran
(1827-1863), recruited an Irish Legion in the United States in 1861. Edmund O'Corcoran, "the hero of Limerick", during the siege of 1691, was the
subject of one of O' Carolan's well-known poems. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Bishop O' Corcoran of Clogher,
which was dated 1373, in the Early Irish Records, during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377.

WORMS
The ancient city of Worms in the former Duchy of Dalmstadt in Southern Germany is probably the place of origin of some nameholders. However, there is
some contradiction as the name spelt as Worme or Worm is recorded in London in the mid 16th Century and a Coat of Arms is recorded as being granted to
Worme of Northampton in 1583. In the plural spelling as Worms, the name does not appear to be recorded before the first half of the 18th Century,
suggesting that the name may be a patronymic, as "son of Worm". If this is the case, the name is Ancient British, and derives from "gwrm" or "uurm", meaning
a dark stream as in Worm Brook in Herefordshire. To add to the confusion, the Continental records of heraldry record a Coat of Arms granted to "de Worms"
of London, circa 1750. The recordings include: Mary Worms, who married Henry Cole at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, on July 15th 1781, and Lailie Worms, who
married Mary Thornecraft at St. Clement Danes, on June 4th 1827. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Michael Worms, which
was dated November 1st 1735, a christening witness at St. Luke's, Finsbury, London, during the reign of King George 11, known as "The Last Soldier King", 1727 - 1760.

LAPPIN
This interesting surname is derived from the old French "lappin" meaning "rabbit", used either to describe a hunter of rabbits, or a nickname for a timorous
person. The surname dates back to the early 14th Century (see below). Further recordings include one Thomas Lapyn (1325), "The Close Rolls" and Makinus
Lappyng "materials for History of the Reign of King Henry V11 (1485 - 1509)". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Lappni, Lapping, Lappine, etc..
Church records include one William Lapping who married a widow Mrs Margaret Dunne in London on May 2nd 1681. Elizabeth, daughter of John Lappin, was
christened at St. Anne Soho, Westminster, in February 1735, and Mary Elizabeth, daughter of James and Eleanor Lappin, was christened at St. Mary's,
Rotherhithe, London on April 4th 1802. One John Lappin, aged 31 yrs a famine emigrant, sailed from Newry aboard the Brothers bound for New York on April
23rd 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Lapyn, witness, which was dated 1320, in the Feet of Fines of Kent",
during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327.

KEECH
This curious name originated in East Anglia, with the variant spellings Kee(t)ch, Kea(tt)ch, Keitch and Kedge, where it is still mainly confined, and is
derived from an early medieval East Anglian dialect term, "kedge", thought to be ultimately of Old Norse origin, and meaning "brisk, lively". The surname
Kedge and its variant form Ketch are thus one of that interesting group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of
nicknames. These were given in the first instances with reference to a variety of qualities; for example, physical attributes or peculiarities, mental
and moral characteristics, and often supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance or disposition. The 15th Century dictionary, "Promptorium
Parvulorum", cites "Kygge or Kydge: jocundus", that is, jolly, lively. Early examples of the surname include: Alexander Kech (1221, Norfolk); William
Kigge (circa 1250, Lincolnshire); and Adam Kyg (1276, Buckinghamshire). Recordings from Essex Church Registers include the christening of John, son of
John and Sara Kedge, on June 13th 1624, at St. Nicholas', Colchester. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alured Keg'
which was dated 1177, in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189.

VOYCE
This unusual name is of French, probably Huguenot, origin, since it is first recorded at the beginning of the 17th Century (see below) not long after
the first influx of French and Flemish Huguenot refugees into England escaping religious persecution on the Continent. The name "voyce" or "voice" is
the southern English form of the French name "Foy" or "Foys", which can be either a nickname from the Old French "foi", faith, given to a particularly
pious person, or perhaps to someone who habitually used the term in oathes, or it can be from the medieval female personal name "Foy", which is also from
"foi", faith, as above. One "Robert Voyce" was married to "Mary Thetcher" on the 18th September 1637 at St. Gregory by St. Paul, London. The first recorded
spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Andrew Voys, christened, which was dated 15th August 1622, St. Andrew's, Holborn, London, during the
reign of King James I, of England and VI of Scotland, 1603 - 1625.

CAHILL
This is an anglicized form of the Olde Gaelic name O Cathail. The Gaelic prefix 'O' indicates 'male descendant of' plus the personal name Cathal, a
compound of the Celtic elements 'catu-valus' meaning 'battle powerful'. In Ireland, the name is first recorded in the early half of the 10th century
(see below). The principal sept of the O'Cahills belonged to Co. Galway but by the early 13th century their place had been taken by the O' Shaughnessys.
Today the name is chiefly found in the Munster counties of Clare, Tipperary, Cork and Kerry. Three townlands called Ballycahill exist in Co. Tipperary.
The first element comes from 'baile', a town. Father Daniel Cahill (1796-1864), was a schoolmaster and newspaper editor. He lectured extensively in the
United States. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Flan O' Cahill, martyred. which was dated 938 Ancient Irish Records,
during the reign of Siol Chuinn, descendants of Conn of the Hundred Battles

BRIGHTMAN
This interesting name derives from the Olde English pre 7th century 'beorht' or 'briht' meaning 'bright' or 'fair', plus 'mann', a man. These elements
were combined to form the personal nickname Brihtmann recorded in its latinized form Brihtmanus in the Domesday Book of 1086. The surname adopted from
this source first appears in the latter half of the 13th century (see below). The namebearer probably had fair, shining hair which gave rise to the
nickname surname. One Robert Brithman appears in the Subsidy Rolls of Essex, dated 1327. In 1501 the marriage of William Brightman and Elizabeth Irvye
is recorded in London. An interesting namebearer was Thomas Brightman (1562-1607) rector of Hawnes, Bedfordshire, who claimed to have written a treatise
on the Apocalypse under divine inspiration.The Coat of Arms granted to the Brightman family of Paris Garden, Surrey, has the blazon of a blue field,
three gold lion's rampant. The Crest being an arm in armour, holding a sword issuing from the sun's rays. The first recorded spelling of the family
name is shown to be that of John Brithman, which was dated 1273, in the Hundred Rolls of Norfolk, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as
'The Hammer of the Scots' 1272-1307.

FEEHAN
Recorded as O' Fegan, O' Feehan, Feehan, Fegan and others, this is an Irish medieval surname. It is said to be originally from West Cork, but it would
seem that if this was so by the Middle ages the members were to be found mainly in Kilkenny and Tipperary. The Gaelic spelling is O' Faodhagain, from
the personal name Faodhagain, and the translation the male descendant of the son of the hunter. If so the name may be a Gaelic version of the surname
Hunt or Hunter, of Anglo-Norman origin and introduced into Ireland after the Conquest of the country in 1170 by Strongbow, earl of Pembroke. However
there may be a different origin altogether as it is claimed that many bearers of the name are descended from a Patrick Fagan, who owned estates in
County Meath in the 12th century. According to tradition, he assumed the name Fagan on the command of King John of England, for reasons which are
unclear. For many centuries Fagan was associated with Counties Dublin and Meath, whilst a branch of the family were also found in Cork city, where
Christopher Fagan took refuge in 1497. He had been a supporter of Perkin Warbeck's claim to the throne of England, and Cork was solidly behind the
pretender. Amongst the recordings of the surname are Phillip O' Fethan who was convicted of robbery in County Tipperary in 1359, and
Teag MacNicholas O' Feehan who in 1601 was granted pardon after professing loyalty to the English crown. The surname has never been common,and in 1855
about fifty householders of the name were recorded in County Tipperary.

JOYCE
This famous and interesting surname has two possible and distinct origins, although both are French. Firstly it may be a patronymic deriving from the
Breton personal name "Iodoc", a diminutive of "Juidcaelh", meaning 'lord', and introduced by the Normans into England at the Invasion of 1066.
Although the 1086 Domesday Book is silent in regard to the name, both 'Josce' and 'Iocius' are recorded in the 1150 rolls of the city of Lincoln.
Secondly the name may be of French locational origins from the village of Josse sur Mer, in Calvados, Normandy, and this latter may account for
Sir John de Joce, recorded at the 1308 Dunstable Tournament. In the modern idiom the surname has several spelling variants including Joice, Joisce,
Joss, Josse, Joicey, Joysey, Joyce and Jowsey. The surname also became popular in Ireland, where it was first introduced in 1283 by a Welshman,
Thomas de Jorse, who married the daughter of O'Brien the Prince of Thomond. Amongst the many famous namebearers were George Joyce (1620 - 1670), a
parliamentarian officer who was sent by Oliver Cromwell, although subsequently denied, to seize the 'kings person' (Charles 1st in 1646) from Holmby
House, in Northamptonshire. Subsequently Joyce was very active in promoting the King's trial and subsequent execution, and was rewarded with the
Governorship of the Isle of Portland in 1650. He later fell out with both Cromwell and Charles 11, being exiled to Rotterdam. James Joyce (1882 - 1944),
who wrote "Dubliners", and his better known work, "Ulysses", found world-wide fame. A Coat of Arms granted to a family has the blazon of a silver
shield thereon a double headed eagle displayed gules, overall a fesse ermine. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that
of Geoffrey de Jorz, which was dated 1234, in the "Place Names Book of Northumberland", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as
"The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272.