In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name MacMann was written Mac Mathghamhna, which later became Mac Mathuna. Both names are derived from the word mathghamhan, which means bear.
from very ancient times.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bernard, Francis, James, John, Michael, Patrick MacMahan all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860; Mary McMahan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849.
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