The surname Magen originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.
(Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern
province, Originally, "Ó Miadhacháin, this is the name of at least two distinct septs; it is now equally distributed throughout the four provinces."
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magen research.Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Magen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations
for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Magen were encountered in the archives: Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.