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The Orgain family in the USA goes back to late 17th century Maryland. The earliest known ancestor, Matthew Orgain, (b. 1677, possibly in Ann Arundel County), lived on the North side of the Upper Patapsco (now Baltmore County) in 1705. It's unknown who his parents were or where they came from. Family tradition is that the Orgains were English, but French has also been suggested. The name spelled "Orgain" does turn up in England as early as the 14th century, but may not have been indigenous prior to the Norman conquest. "Orgain" does occur today in Ireland as well but is rare. The more common variant "Organ" occurs in England and Ireland, and in 17th/18th century America both spellings were sometimes used for/by the same person.
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