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Where did the Irish Mahoney family come from? What is the Irish Mahoney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mahoney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mahoney family history?The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Mahoney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mathghamhna, which is derived from the word mathghamhan, which means bear. The modern spelling is O Mahúna.
The spelling of one's surname was not as important as it is today. Names were recorded as they sounded and in many cases, one's surname changed with each listing. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Mahoney some of these variations included: Mahoney, O'Mahoney, O'Mahony, Mahony and others.
First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mahoney research. Another 357 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1639, 1679 and 1987 are included under the topic Early Mahoney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mahoney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Mahoney:
Mahoney Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Mahoney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Mahoney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mahoney 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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