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Where did the Irish Mcmeans family come from? When did the Mcmeans family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mcmeans family history?

The surname Mcmeans originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.


The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Mcmeans revealed spelling variations, including Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

First found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mcmeans research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Mcmeans History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mcmeans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Mcmeans name:

Mcmeans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. C McMeans, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855



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