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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Mullen originally appeared in Gaelic as either O Meallain, O Maolain or Mac Maolain. The first surname is derived from the word meall, which means pleasant. The second and third surnames are derived from maol, which means bald.

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The surname Mullen was first found in the province of Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn) where the Mullen, Mullin and Mullan spellings were popular. They were descended from the Kings of Connacht and are of the same basic stock as the O'Concannons. Branches were also found in Cork, Limerick, and Clare where the Mullane and Mullins spellings were the most frequent. Some were found north in Ulster and Tyrone and Derry. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
This latter group is difficult to trace as the Scottish MacMullen or McMullen settled there during Cromwell's Plantation of Ulster.

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Mullen dating from that time include Mullan, Mullen, Mullin, Mullens, Mullins, O'Mullen, O'Mullan, O'Mullin, McMullen and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullen research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1729, 1660 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Mullen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable among the family name at this time was Allan Mullen, M.D., (born c. 1660), one of the most eminent Irish anatomists; Dr. James Mullen, self educated doctor; Rev. John McMullen, Bishop...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mullen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Mullen family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Mullen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Mullen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • John Mullen, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Brian Mullen, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774
  • Daniel Mullen, who arrived in America in 1782
  • William Mullen, who arrived in New Castle, Del in 1794

Mullen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • D. B. Mullen settled in Philadelphia with his wife, son and servants, in 1807
  • Eliza Mullen, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Robert Mullen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Richard Mullen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Alexander Mullen, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
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Mullen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Mullen, aged 5, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Mary Mullen, aged 35, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Margaret Mullen, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Nancy Mullen, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • John Mullen, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
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Mullen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Mullen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849
  • William Mullen, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Bridget Mullen, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Bridget Mullen, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Patrick Mullen, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
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Mullen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Mullen, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Eliza Mullen, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
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  • Harryette Mullen (b. 1953), American poet, short story writer, and literary scholar
  • Joseph Patrick Mullen (b. 1957), retired American professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Charles W. Mullen, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Bangor, Maine, 1911-12; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 4th District, 1912, 1914; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1924
  • Charles H. Mullen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Cecelia E. Mullen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940, 1952
  • C. H. Mullen, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 9th Circuit, 1979-85
  • Arthur J. Mullen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1956
  • Arthur Francis Mullen (b. 1873), American Democrat politician, Holt County Attorney, 1901-07; Nebraska State Attorney General, 1910-11; Appointed 1910; Member of Democratic National Committee from Nebraska, 1916-20
  • David Mullen, American politician, Workers League Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992
  • Donald Mullen, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 2012
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Mullen Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Robert Mullen, American Third Class Passenger from Racine, Wisconsin, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Mullen (b. 1921), Scottish Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Burnbank, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Thomas A. Mullen (d. 1912), aged 20, Scottish Steward from Maxwelltown, Dumfries who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Minia
  • Miss Katherine "Katie" Mullen, aged 19, Irish Third Class passenger from Esker, Longford who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 16
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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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