Bogan last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Bogan is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Bogan.

Meaning of Bogan

An Irish surname derived from the Gaelic "Ó Bogáin," meaning "descendant of Bogán," a personal name of unknown meaning.

Bogan, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Bogan surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Bogan in America

Bogan is the 4425th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Bogan surname appeared 8,034 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Bogan.

We can also compare 2010 data for Bogan to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4425 4326 2.26%
Count 8,034 7,603 5.51%
Proportion per 100k 2.72 2.82 -3.61%

The history of the last name Bogan

The surname Bogan is believed to have originated in Ireland, with its earliest recorded instances dating back to the 16th century. The name is thought to be derived from the Irish Gaelic word "bóghún," which means "soft or tender." It may have been initially used as a descriptive name for someone with a gentle or kind demeanor.

One of the earliest recorded mentions of the Bogan surname can be found in the "Fiants of the Tudor Sovereigns," a collection of official documents from the 16th century. The name appears in these records as "Bogan" and "Boaghan," suggesting variations in spelling existed from the beginning.

In the 17th century, the Bogan surname was particularly prevalent in County Wexford, Ireland. Records from this time period show several individuals bearing the name, such as Patrick Bogan, who was born in Wexford in 1632, and Edward Bogan, a landowner in the same county, who lived from 1650 to 1718.

The Bogan name can also be traced back to the town of Bognor Regis in West Sussex, England. It is believed that some Irish families with the surname Bogan may have migrated to this area, leading to the name's association with the town. However, the exact connection between the surname and the place name is unclear.

One notable figure in history with the Bogan surname was James Bogan, an Irish poet and playwright who lived from 1675 to 1742. His works, which included plays and satirical poems, earned him recognition during his lifetime.

Another prominent individual was John Bogan, an Irish-born architect who lived from 1760 to 1823. He was responsible for designing several notable buildings in Dublin, including the City Hall and the Royal Exchange.

In the 19th century, the Bogan surname continued to be found in Ireland, as well as in other parts of the world where Irish emigrants had settled. One example is Michael Bogan, an Australian politician and landowner who was born in County Wexford in 1812 and later became a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.

Throughout its history, the Bogan surname has maintained a strong presence in Ireland, particularly in the counties of Wexford, Kilkenny, and Waterford. While its origins may be rooted in a descriptive term, the name has endured and been carried by individuals from various walks of life, including poets, architects, and politicians.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Bogan

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Bogan.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Bogan was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 51.92% 4,171
Non-Hispanic Black Only 42.77% 3,436
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.50% 40
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.30% 24
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.32% 186
Hispanic Origin 2.20% 177

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Bogan has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 51.92% 54.11% -4.13%
Black 42.77% 42.04% 1.72%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.50% 0.41% 19.78%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.30% 0.16% 60.87%
Two or More Races 2.32% 1.78% 26.34%
Hispanic 2.20% 1.51% 37.20%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Bogan was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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