Galagan. Surname of a Cossack starshyna family, which originated with Colonel Hnat Galagan (d 1748) and his brother Semen, acting colonel of Myrhorod during the Crimean campaign of 1736. Other notable members of the family were Hryhorii (1716–77), colonel of Pryluky (1739–63) and a participant in Russian campaigns against the Turks and Prussians, and Hryhorii Galagan, a civic leader. With the death of the latter's son Pavlo (1853–69) the Galagan line came to an end.
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1989).]