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

The surname Minehan is an anglicized version of the Irish name O Muimhneachain.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Moynihan, Minihan, Minaghan, Moynaghan, Myneghane, Minighane, Munnighane, Minihane, Minnagh, Mimnagh, Moyna and many more.

First found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where a sept of the Hy Fiachrach group called O Mionachain was mentioned in 1220 by the Four Masters. They were sub-chiefs of Erris.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minehan research. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Minehan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minehan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minehan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Biddy Minehan, aged 41, landed in New York, NY in 1851
  • Patk. Minehan, aged 25, who landed in America from Clare, in 1892
  • Mary Minehan, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Minehan Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Hannah Minehan, aged 20, who landed in America from Ballydehob, Ireland, in 1911
  • Michael Minehan, aged 44, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1913
  • Michael Minehan, aged 44, who settled in America from Killalor, Ireland, in 1913
  • Margaret Minehan, aged 32, who landed in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1916
  • Julie Minehan, aged 25, who emigrated to America, in 1919

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  • Cathy E. Minehan (b. 1947), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


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  2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  5. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Minehan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Minehan 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 28 March 2012 at 09:01.

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