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

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McLaughlin 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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLaughlin research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1002, 1172, 1699, 1797, 1784 and 1857 are included under the topic Early McLaughlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McLaughlin name:

McLaughlin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Charles McLaughlin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

McLaughlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Dennis McLaughlin, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Duncan McLaughlin, aged 31, landed in New York in 1812
  • Alexander McLaughlin, aged 24, arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • George McLaughlin, who arrived in America in 1818
  • Mary McLaughlin, who landed in Illinois in 1818


McLaughlin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Carl McLaughlin, who landed in Alabama in 1924
  • Clayton Hudson McLaughlin, who arrived in Alabama in 1925

McLaughlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Margaret McLaughlin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1817
  • Daniel McLaughlin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Mary A. McLaughlin, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • Polly McLaughlin, aged 24, a widow, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • Patrick McLaughlin, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast


McLaughlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Michael McLaughlin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851
  • Mary McLaughlin, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"
  • Mary A. McLaughlin, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • Robert McLaughlin, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

McLaughlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • B.D. McLaughlin, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ariel" in 1856
  • William G. McLaughlin, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Mary McLaughlin, aged 40, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Mary E. McLaughlin, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Sarah A. McLaughlin, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874


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  • Christian McLaughlin (b. 1967), American television writer, producer, and author
  • Chester Bentine McLaughlin (1856-1929), American lawyer and politician from New York
  • Michael Duane "Bo" McLaughlin (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher from 1976 to 1982
  • Bernard Joseph McLaughlin (1912-2015), American Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Master Sergeant Alford Lee McLaughlin (1928-1977), United States Marine, awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War
  • Bernard Joseph McLaughlin (1958-1988), American Marketing Manager from Cranston, Rhode Island, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Warren A. McLaughlin (1876-1923), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American writer
  • Dean Benjamin McLaughlin (1901-1965), American astronomer
  • Charles Francis McLaughlin (1887-1976), Nebraska Democratic politician

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  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The McLaughlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLaughlin 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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