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The McMenamin surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Meanman," a patronymic surname, created from the personal (first) name Meanma, which means "spirited."

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The surname McMenamin was first found in Tirconnell (Irish: Tír Chonaill) present day Donegal, located in Northwestn Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat as Chiefs in that territory. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Mayo and in Donegal at Letterkenny and Ballybofey. Still later they branched to Tyrone at Omagh Union.

Spelling variations of this family name include: McNemanin, McManamon, McMenamy, McManaway, McManamin, McManamy, McMenamen, McMenemen, McMenimin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMenamin research. Another 214 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMenamin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McMenamin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McMenamin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James McMenamin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838
  • Daniel McMenamin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1850
  • David McMenamin, who came to Philadelphia in 1853
  • Bridget McMenamin, who came to Philadelphia in 1861
  • Hannah McMenamin, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864


McMenamin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ann McMenamin, age 4, who came to Saint John, NB in 1847
  • Fanny McMenamin, who arrived in Saint John, NB in 1852
  • Henry McMenamin, who arrived in Saint John, NB in 1854

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  • Brigadier General Joseph J. McMenamin, American general officer in the United States Marine Corps
  • Brian McMenamin (b. 1957), American businessperson and philanthropist, co-founder of the McMenamins restaurant and brewpub chain in 1983
  • Mark A. S. McMenamin, American professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
  • Ciarán McMenamin (b. 1975), Irish actor, best known for playing Matt Anderson on the science fiction series Primeval
  • Professor Paul Gerard McMenamin (b. 1956), Australian academic and researcher
  • James Hugh McMenamin (1910-2000), Australian cricket umpire from Paddington, New South Wales
  • Ryan "Ricey" McMenamin, Canadian-born, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Chris McMenamin (b. 1989), Scottish footballer
  • Colin McMenamin (b. 1981), Scottish professional footballer


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  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The McMenamin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMenamin 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.

This page was last modified on 29 April 2016 at 15:05.

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