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

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Mullins originally appeared in Gaelic as either O Meallain, O Maolain or Mac Maolain. The first surname is derived from the word meall, which means pleasant. The second and third surnames are derived from maol, which means bald.


People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Mullins that are preserved in archival documents are Mullan, Mullen, Mullin, Mullens, Mullins, O'Mullen, O'Mullan, O'Mullin, McMullen and many more.

First found in the province of Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn) where the Mullen, Mullin and Mullan spellings were popular. They were descended from the Kings of Connacht and are of the same basic stock as the O'Concannons. Branches were also found in Cork, Limerick, and Clare where the Mullane and Mullins spellings were the most frequent. Some were found north in Ulster and Tyrone and Derry. [1] This latter group is difficult to trace as the Scottish MacMullen or McMullen settled there during Cromwell's Plantation of Ulster.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullins research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1729, 1660 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Mullins History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mullins 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 Mullins to North America:

Mullins Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Mullins and his wife Alice, daughter Pricilla and son Joseph, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
  • James Mullins, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Ann Mullins, who settled in Maryland in 1663
  • Ann Mullins, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Eleanor Mullins, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Mullins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Mullins, aged 26, landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803
  • Michael Mullins, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • John, Patrick and Timothy Mullins settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860


  • Aimee Mullins (b. 1976), American athlete, actress, and fashion model
  • Eustace Mullins (b. 1923), American political writer
  • Melinda Mullins (b. 1958), American theater and film actress
  • Major-General Charles Love Jr. Mullins (1892-1976), American Deputy Commanding General 2nd Army (1948-1949)
  • Brian Mullins (b. 1954), former Gaelic football player for Dublin
  • George Mullins (1763-1765), Irish landscape painter
  • Brett Mullins (b. 1972), Australian former professional rugby league player
  • Charles Herbert Mullins (1869-1916), South African recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Sergio Mullins (b. 1980), South African 200m track athlete


  • One Mullins Family by Marie R. Justice.

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  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  11. ...

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