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The Irish name Beahan comes from the Gaelic name O Beachain, possibly derived from the word "beach," which means "bee." It was also an Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Beathán, from "beatha," meaning "life."

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The surname Beahan was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Beahan include Behan, Beehan, Beaghan, O'Behan, Beehan, Beagan, O'Beaghan, O'Behen, Behen and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beahan research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beahan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Beahan:

Beahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Beahan, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Matthew Beahan, who arrived in New York in 1825

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  • Allie Beahan (b. 1991), American soccer forward
  • Michael Eamon Beahan AM (b. 1937), English-born, Australian politician, 19th President of the Australian Senate (1994-1996)
  • Kate Beahan (b. 1974), Australian film actress, daughter of Michael Beahan
  • Daniel Beahan (b. 1984), Australian super heavyweight amateur boxer at the 2008 Summer Olympics


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