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Origins Available: English, Irish

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

The name Mullen is most likely occupational in origin; in other words, that is, a name derived from the name of a profession. Many occupational names refer directly to the occupation, but some, like Mullen, are metonymic, meaning that they refer to some object associated with the profession. Mullen comes from the French word "moulin," meaning "a mill:" the first bearer of the name probably worked in a mill, but it is also possible that the name was taken on by some who lived near a mill.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Mullin, Mullis, Mullen, Mullins, Mullens, Mullings, Molins, Millen, Millin and many more.

First found in Suffolk where records show Ralph Milun in the Feet of Fines of 1198, and Adam Milun in a record from 1200. Other records show Ralph de Molins in the Pipe Rolls of 1159. A few years later, Laurence atte Mulene was listed in the Writs of Parliament of 1278 and Gilbert atte Mullane was listed in Somerset at the time of Edward III.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullen research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1289 and 1341 are included under the topic Early Mullen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Mullen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mullen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Mullen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • John Mullen, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Brian Mullen, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774
  • Daniel Mullen, who arrived in America in 1782
  • William Mullen, who arrived in New Castle, Del in 1794

Mullen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • D. B. Mullen settled in Philadelphia with his wife, son and servants, in 1807
  • Eliza Mullen, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Robert Mullen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Richard Mullen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Alexander Mullen, who landed in New York, NY in 1815


  • Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen (b. 1946), American 28th Chief of Naval Operations from 2005 to 2007
  • Sheila Mullen (b. 1957), American model
  • David Mullen (b. 1952), award-winning American artist and photographer
  • Joseph Patrick Mullen (b. 1957), retired American professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Harryette Mullen (b. 1953), American poet, short story writer, and literary scholar
  • Brian Mullen (b. 1962), American former professional ice hockey player who spent eleven seasons in the NHL
  • Jim Mullen (b. 1945), Scottish jazz guitarist
  • Maire Mullen (b. 1953), winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Actress
  • Samuel Mullen (1828-1890), Irish-born, Australian bookseller
  • Tobias Mullen (1818-1900), Irish-born clergyman, Bishop of Erie (1868 to 1899)



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mea gloria fides
Motto Translation: Fidelity is my glory.


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The Mullen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mullen 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 20 October 2014 at 15:59.

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