Sue Moreland, I suspect that what you've been told is correct...that the spelling of your maiden name was changed after your relatives came to the US, to match the way they pronounced it. Makes sense. For most of my life it's been a major ordeal to get Americans to pronounce Duignan correctly (whatever that may be). In Canada it's pronounced Dignan. In Ireland, I'm told the correct pronounciation is with a long "i". Actually, all the Irish I ever knew pronounced it Dagnan.Not much help, but probably offers an explanation.