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

The Irish name Beahan comes from the Gaelic name O Beachain, possibly derived from the word "beach," which means "bee." It was also an Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Beathán, from "beatha," meaning "life."

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The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Beahan revealed spelling variations, including Behan, Beehan, Beaghan, O'Behan, Beehan, Beagan, O'Beaghan, O'Behen, Behen and many more.

First found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beahan research. Another 186 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beahan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Beahan:

Beahan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Beahan, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Matthew Beahan, who arrived in New York in 1825

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  • Allie Beahan (b. 1991), American soccer forward
  • Daniel Beahan (b. 1984), Australian super heavyweight amateur boxer at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Kate Beahan (b. 1974), Australian film actress, daughter of Michael Beahan
  • Michael Eamon Beahan AM (b. 1937), English-born, Australian politician, 19th President of the Australian Senate (1994-1996)


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