There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. MacLochlainn 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 MacLochlainn family
The surname MacLochlainn 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 MacLochlainn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacLochlainn research.Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1002, 1172, 1404, 1387, 1405, 1506, 1699, 1797, 1784 and 1857 are included under the topic Early MacLochlainn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacLochlainn Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations
were revealed in the search for the origin of the name MacLochlainn family name. Variations found include MacLoughlin, McLoughlin, MacGloughlin, Lochlain, Claughan and many more.
Early Notables of the MacLochlainn 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 MacLochlainn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacLochlainn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name MacLochlainn: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name MacLochlainn (post 1700)
- Tadhg Mac Lochlainn (1907-1999), Irish local historian
- Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (b. 1973), Irish Sinn Féin politician
- Úna MacLochlainn (b. 1987), Irish singer-songwriter
- Gerard "Gerry" MacLochlainn (b. 1954), Sinn Féin politician from Derry, Northern Ireland
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