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

Many variations of the name Monaghan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Manachain, which is derived from the word "manach," which means "monk."


Many spelling variations of the surname Monaghan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Monaghan, Monahan, Monagham, Monahon, Monagan, Mongan, Monaugher, Monck and many more.

First found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


Monaghan Early History

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monaghan research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Monaghan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Monaghan Early Notables

Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Monaghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Monaghan to North America:

Monaghan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Monaghan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Edward Monaghan, who came to Pensacola, FL in 1767

Monaghan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Monaghan, who came to Boston in 1804
  • Edward Monaghan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • Henry Monaghan, who landed in America in 1811
  • Henry Monaghan, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Catharine Monaghan, who arrived in Baltimore in 1825


  • Michelle Monaghan (b. 1976), American actress
  • Patricia Monaghan (b. 1946), American poet and author
  • Thomas S Monaghan, Michigan entrepreneur and philanthropist, who founded Domino's Pizza in 1960
  • John R Monaghan (1873-1899), officer in the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Monaghan naval ships
  • Dominic Monaghan (b. 1976), German-born, English actor
  • Craig Monaghan (b. 1957), former chief financial officer of the Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Katherine Monaghan (b. 1980), British actress
  • Michael Monaghan (b. 1980), Australian rugby player
  • Thomas Monaghan (1833-1895), Welsh trumpeter who received the Victoria Cross for actions during the Indian Rebellion of 1857
  • Brigadier Raymond Frederic Monaghan (1898-1966), Commanding Officer 29th Australian Infantry Brigade, Bougainville from 1942 to 1945


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