There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Cloughlen 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 Cloughlen family
The surname Cloughlen 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
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 Cloughlen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cloughlen research.Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1002, 1172, 1404, 1387, 1405, 1506, 1699, 1797, 1784 and 1857 are included under the topic Early Cloughlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cloughlen Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname Cloughlen can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacLoughlin, McLoughlin, MacGloughlin, Lochlain, Claughan and many more.
Early Notables of the Cloughlen 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... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cloughlen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cloughlen family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia
. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Cloughlen family came to North America quite early: Thomas, Bridget, Catherine and Helen MacLoughlin who settled in Quebec in 1849; Bernard, Charles, Denis, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William MacLoughlin all arrived in Philadelphia between 1823 and 1860. The family also settled in Newfoundland between 1792 and 1872..