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

The name Mullins is most likely occupational in origin; in other words, that is, a name derived from the name of a profession. Many occupational names refer directly to the occupation, but some, like Mullins, are metonymic, meaning that they refer to some object associated with the profession. Mullins comes from the French word "moulin," meaning "a mill:" the first bearer of the name probably worked in a mill, but it is also possible that the name was taken on by some who lived near a mill.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Mullin, Mullis, Mullen, Mullins, Mullens, Mullings, Molins, Millen, Millin and many more.

First found in Suffolk where records show Ralph Milun in the Feet of Fines of 1198, and Adam Milun in a record from 1200. Other records show Ralph de Molins in the Pipe Rolls of 1159. A few years later, Laurence atte Mulene was listed in the Writs of Parliament of 1278 and Gilbert atte Mullane was listed in Somerset at the time of Edward III.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullins research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1289 and 1341 are included under the topic Early Mullins History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Mullins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Mullins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mullins Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Mullins and his wife Alice, daughter Pricilla and son Joseph, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
  • James Mullins, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Ann Mullins, who settled in Maryland in 1663
  • Ann Mullins, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Eleanor Mullins, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Mullins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Mullins, aged 26, landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803
  • Michael Mullins, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • John, Patrick and Timothy Mullins settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860


  • Aimee Mullins (b. 1976), American athlete, actress, and fashion model
  • Eustace Mullins (b. 1923), American political writer
  • Melinda Mullins (b. 1958), American theater and film actress
  • Major-General Charles Love Jr. Mullins (1892-1976), American Deputy Commanding General 2nd Army (1948-1949)
  • Brett Mullins (b. 1972), Australian former professional rugby league player
  • Brian Mullins (b. 1954), former Gaelic football player for Dublin
  • Charles Herbert Mullins (1869-1916), South African recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • George Mullins (1763-1765), Irish landscape painter
  • Sergio Mullins (b. 1980), South African 200m track athlete


  • One Mullins Family by Marie R. Justice.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mea gloria fides
Motto Translation: Fidelity is my glory.


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  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Mullins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mullins 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.

This page was last modified on 19 August 2014 at 13:18.

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