Show ContentsMacMahan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name MacMahan was written Mac Mathghamhna, which later became Mac Mathuna. Both names are derived from the word mathghamhan, which means bear.

Early Origins of the MacMahan family

The surname MacMahan was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the MacMahan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacMahan research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1600, 1650, 1680, 1715, 1737, 1747 and 1780 are included under the topic Early MacMahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacMahan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacMahon, MacMann, MacMahan, MacMohan, Mc Mahon and others.

Early Notables of the MacMahan family

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United States MacMahan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacMahan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques MacMahan with his wife and two daughters settled in Louisiana in 1797
  • Jacques MacMahan, aged 25, who landed in Louisiana in 1797 [1]
MacMahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarah MacMahan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Bernard, Francis, James, John, Michael, and Patrick MacMahan, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860

The MacMahan Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: So dorn dona dhubhfuiltish
Motto Translation: Here's a fist for the dark-blooded

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook