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In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Mahone was written Mac Mathghamhna, which later became Mac Mathuna. Both names are derived from the word "mathghamhan," which means "bear."

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Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Mahone are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include MacMahon, MacMann, MacMahan, MacMohan and others.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where the MacMahons were lords of Corca Baisgin; and possessed the greater part of the baronies of Moyarta and Clonderlaw.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mahone research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1715, 1780, 1519, 1606, 1644, 1600, 1650, 1643, 1650, 1660, 1737, 1707, 1715, 1715, 1737, 1680, 1747, 1727, 1737, 1737 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Mahone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 217 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mahone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Mahone family name:

Mahone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jeane Mahone, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Mahone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Mahone, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Winefred Mahone, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Catherine Mahone, aged 9, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Edward Mahone, aged 20, landed in New York in 1849
  • Ellen Mahone, aged 5, arrived in New York in 1849


Mahone Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Felix Mahone, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Judith Mahone, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margt Mahone, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Mahone, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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  • William Mahone Jr. (1856-1927), American businessman and government official, son of Otelia Butler Mahone
  • Ernest "Mark" Mahone (b. 1961), American pediatric neuropsychologist, Director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Robert Butler Mahone (1858-1914), American diplomat, Consul of the United States at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, son of Otelia Butler Mahone
  • Michele Mahone (b. 1971), American television entertainment reporter
  • Otelia Butler Mahone (1835-1911), American nurse during the American Civil War, wife of William Mahone, she was known as the "Hero of the Battle of the Crater"
  • Austin Mahone (b. 1996), American pop singer
  • Major General William "Little Billy" Mahone (1826-1895), American civil engineer, teacher, soldier, railroad executive, and a member of the Virginia General Assembly and U.S. Congress


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