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MacLoughlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. MacLoughlin originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Lochlainn or O Maoilsheachlainn. The first name is derived from a Norse personal name, while the second name originally designated a follower of St. Secundinus.

Early Origins of the MacLoughlin family

The surname MacLoughlin was first found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

Muircheartach Mac Lochlainn (died 1166), was king of Tír Eoghain, and High King of Ireland (c.1156-1166.) Together with sixteen of his closest allies, he was killed and was succeeded by Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair.

Niall Mac Lochlainn (died 1176) was a king of Cenél nEógain and Cenél Conaill, son of Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn.

Early History of the MacLoughlin family

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MacLoughlin Spelling Variations

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 MacLoughlin that are preserved in archival documents are MacLoughlin, McLoughlin, MacGloughlin, Lochlain, Claughan and many more.

Early Notables of the MacLoughlin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Cearbhall mac Lochlainn Ó Dálaigh (died 1404), an Irish poet, Chief Ollam of Ireland (1387-1405); Paidin mac Lochlainn Ó Mailchonaire (died 1506), an Irish poet; Charles Macklin (1699-1797), originally Cathal MacLochlainn in Irish, or Charles McLaughlin...
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Migration of the MacLoughlin family to the New World and Oceana

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the MacLoughlin name:

MacLoughlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernard, Charles, Denis, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William MacLoughlin all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1823 and 1860

MacLoughlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas, Bridget, Catherine and Helen MacLoughlin who, who settled in Quebec in 1849

Contemporary Notables of the name MacLoughlin (post 1700)

  • John MacLoughlin (1871-1943), Irish politician, member of the Free State Seanad Éireann from 1922 to 1936

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