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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."

Mahon Early Origins



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.

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Mahon Spelling Variations


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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.

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Mahon Early History


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Mahon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mahon research. Another 219 words (16 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.

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Mahon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mahon Early Notables (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...

Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mahon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Mahon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Mahon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Samuel Mahon, who arrived in South Carolina in 1814
  • Bridget Mahon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Catherine Mahon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Charles Mahon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Isabella Mahon, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838

Mahon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

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

Mahon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Mahon, aged 42, a farm servant, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Catherine Mahon, aged 43, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Robert Mahon, aged 11, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mahon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mahon (post 1700)



  • 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
  • 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)
  • Charles James Patrick Mahon (1800-1891), known as the O'Gorman Mahon and James Patrick Mahon, an Irish nationalist journalist, barrister, parliamentarian and international mercenary
  • Craig Derek Mahon (b. 1989), Irish footballer
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Mahon Historic Events


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Mahon Historic Events




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

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Motto


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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: Sic nos sic sacra tuemur
Motto Translation: Thus we guard our sacred rights.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    11. ...

    The Mahon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mahon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 18 March 2016 at 08:07.

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