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Where did the Irish McLaughlin family come from? What is the Irish McLaughlin family crest and coat of arms? When did the McLaughlin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McLaughlin family history?

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McLaughlin originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Lochlainn or O Maoilsheachlainn. The first name is derived from a Norse personal name, while the second name originally designated a follower of St. Secundinus.


People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McLaughlin that are preserved in archival documents are MacLoughlin, McLoughlin, MacGloughlin, Lochlain, Claughan and many more.

First found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLaughlin research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1002, 1172, 1699, 1797, 1784 and 1857 are included under the topic Early McLaughlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLaughlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McLaughlin name:

McLaughlin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles McLaughlin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

McLaughlin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis McLaughlin, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Duncan McLaughlin, aged 31, landed in New York in 1812
  • Alexander McLaughlin, aged 24, arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • George McLaughlin, who arrived in America in 1818
  • Mary McLaughlin, who landed in Illinois in 1818

McLaughlin Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Carl McLaughlin, who landed in Alabama in 1924
  • Clayton Hudson McLaughlin, who arrived in Alabama in 1925


  • Dean Benjamin McLaughlin (1901-1965), American astronomer
  • Charles Francis McLaughlin (1887-1976), Nebraska Democratic politician
  • Warren A. McLaughlin (1876-1923), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Andrew McLaughlin (1861-1947), American educator and historian
  • Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American writer
  • Patricia McLaughlin OBE (1916-1997), Irish unionist politician
  • Audrey McLaughlin PC, OC (b. 1936), Canadian politician, former leader of Canada's New Democratic Party
  • Robert Samuel McLaughlin (1871-1972), Canadian businessman, philanthropist and founder of the McLaughlin Motor Car Co. in 1907, the first major automobile manufacturer in Canada
  • John McLaughlin (b. 1942), English guitarist


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The McLaughlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLaughlin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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