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

All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Mangan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mongain, which is derived from the word mongach, which means hairy.

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Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Mangan are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include O' Mongain (Gaelic), Mangan, Mongan, Mongin, Mungan, Mungen, Mongun, O'Mongan, O'Mongin, O'Mungen, O'Mongun, O'Mongun, O'Mangan and many more.

First found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat and styled as one of the Irish Clanns who were descendants of King Niall of the Nine Hostages. They were descended through Eochy Moyvane, to Niall Mor, his son, the great Niall of the Nine Hostages. Descended was O'Mongain the great chief of the Mangans whose territories included branches in Mayo, Connacht, Cork and Limerick.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mangan research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1772, 1852 and 1803 are included under the topic Early Mangan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Mangans:

Mangan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Cornelius Mangan, aged 7, landed in New York in 1850
  • Thomas Mangan, who landed in Buffalo, NY in 1850
  • John, Mary and Judy Mangan who arrived in New York State in 1853
  • Hugh Mangan, aged 25, landed in New York in 1854
  • Luke Mangan, aged 26, landed in New York in 1854


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  • James Daniel "Jim" Mangan (1929-2007), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1952 to 1956
  • Joseph Mangan, American aerospace engineer
  • Mike Mangan (b. 1975), American rugby union lock
  • James Clarence Mangan (1803-1849), Irish poet from Dublin, his works are held in the National Library of Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy, and the archives of Trinity College, Dublin
  • Lieutenant General Colm Mangan, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces from September 2000 until February 2004
  • Jack Mangan (b. 1927), Irish former Gaelic footballer
  • Tony Mangan (b. 1957), Irish ultra distance runner
  • Miss Mary Mangan (d. 1912), aged 32, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrowkehine, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Andrew Francis Mangan (b. 1986), English football striker
  • Dan Mangan (b. 1983), Canadian Juno Award winning musician (2012)

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