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Where did the Irish Mean family come from? What is the Irish Mean family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mean family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mean family history?The surname Mean originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.
The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Mean revealed spelling variations, including Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mean research. Another 204 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Mean History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Mean name:
Mean Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Mean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mean 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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