Mahon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Mahon family

The surname Mahon was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where the MacMahons were lords of Corca Baisgin; and possessed the greater part of the baronies of Moyarta and Clonderlaw.

Important Dates for the Mahon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mahon research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1715, 1780, 1519, 1606, 1644, 1600, 1650, 1643, 1650, 1660, 1737, 1707, 1715, 1715, 1737, 1680, 1747, 1727, 1737, 1737 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Mahon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mahon Spelling Variations

Many variations of the name Mahon were found in archives from the Middle Ages. These variations can be somewhat explained by the challenge of translation of Gaelic names into English. Hence, the spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Mahon found include MacMahon, MacMann, MacMahan, MacMohan and others.

Early Notables of the Mahon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Séamus mac Pilib Mac Mathghamhna (died 1519), was Bishop of Derry. Hugh Oge MacMahon (1606-1644), was an Irish conspirator, was probably of Sir Brian MacHugh Oge MacMahon, Lord of the Dartree in the county of Monaghan. Herber MacMahon (1600-1650), Bishop of Clogher in 1643, a Catholic leader, commanded the Ulster...
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Mahon migration to the United States

Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Mahon or one of its variants:

Mahon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Mahon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
Mahon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Mahon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Samuel Mahon, who arrived in South Carolina in 1814 [1]
  • Bridget Mahon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Catherine Mahon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Charles Mahon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
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Mahon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mahon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Mahon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Patrick Mahon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Andrew Mahon, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Isabella Mahon, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • Mrs. Dolly Mahon, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Phoenix" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
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Mahon migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mahon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Mahon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [3]
  • Judith Mahon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [4]
  • John Mahon, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [5]
  • Richard Mahon, aged 23, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [6]
  • Ann Mahon, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mahon migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mahon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Mahon, aged 42, a farm servant, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Catherine Mahon, aged 43, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Robert Mahon, aged 11, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Mr. Patrick Mahon, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [7]
  • Mrs. Susan Mahon, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mahon (post 1700)

  • Mark P. Mahon (1930-2017), American Democrat politician, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 1998
  • Elizabeth B. Mahon (1919-2001), American female outfielder who played from 1944 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Jackson Barrett "Barry" Mahon (1921-1999), American film director, cinematographer and producer
  • George Herman Mahon (1900-1985), American politician, 41st Dean of the United States House of Representatives (1976-1979)
  • John K. Mahon (1912-2003), American historian, Chairman of the History Department at the University of Florida from 1965 to 1973
  • John Mahon, American professional percussionist and backing vocalist, most noted for his work with Elton John
  • John J. Mahon, American politician and professional baseball executive, president and principal owner of the Baltimore Orioles of the American League in 1902
  • Keith Mahon, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Jack Mahon (1933-2005), Irish Gaelic footballer who played from 1947 to 1962
  • Hugh Mahon (1857-1931), Irish-born, Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Coolgardie (1901-1913)
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Mahon family

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Bridget Delia Mahon (d. 1912), aged 20, Irish Third Class passenger from Derrymartin, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 41)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/trafalgar1854.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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