Mangan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Mangan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mongain, which is derived from the word mongach, which means hairy.

Early Origins of the Mangan family

The surname Mangan was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat and styled as one of the Irish Clanns who were descendants of King Niall of the Nine Hostages. They were descended through Eochy Moyvane, to Niall Mor, his son, the great Niall of the Nine Hostages. Descended was O'Mongain the great chief of the Mangans whose territories included branches in Mayo, Connacht, Cork and Limerick.

Early History of the Mangan family

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Mangan Spelling Variations

Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Mangan are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include O' Mongain (Gaelic), Mangan, Mongan, Mongin, Mungan, Mungen, Mongun, O'Mongan, O'Mongin, O'Mungen, O'Mongun, O'Mongun, O'Mangan and many more.

Early Notables of the Mangan family (pre 1700)

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United States Mangan migration to the United States +

Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Mangans:

Mangan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cornelius Mangan, aged 7, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]
  • Thomas Mangan, who landed in Buffalo, NY in 1850 [1]
  • John, Mary and Judy Mangan who, who arrived in New York State in 1853
  • Hugh Mangan, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Luke Mangan, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Mangan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mangan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Francis Mangan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Mangan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Mangan, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • William Mangan, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Mary Mangan, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Eugene Mangan, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Miss. Catherine Mangan, aged 15 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wandsworth" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mangan migration to Australia +

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

Mangan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Mangan "Mangin Coleman", aged 31, Irish convict from Cork, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on August 24, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Mathias Mangan, (b. 1816), aged 28, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Sea Queen" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th April 1844 [4]
  • Honora Mangan, aged 17, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [5]
  • Bridget Mangan, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [6]
  • Elizabeth Mangan, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Mangan 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:

Mangan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Mangan, (b. 1831), aged 24, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mangan (post 1700) +

  • Mike Mangan (b. 1975), American rugby union lock
  • James Daniel "Jim" Mangan (1929-2007), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1952 to 1956
  • Joseph Mangan, American aerospace engineer
  • Laura Mangan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1924 [8]
  • John J. Mangan (1908-1988), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 3rd District, 1951-55 [8]
  • James Patrick Mangan, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Ohio Treasurer of State, 1928 [8]
  • George F. Mangan, American politician, Mayor of Ocala, Florida, 1959 [8]
  • Francis P. Mangan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964 [8]
  • Edward M. Mangan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1916 [8]
  • David Mangan, American politician, Independent Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2008 [8]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
RMS Titanic
  • Miss Mary Mangan (d. 1912), aged 32, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrowkehine, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [10]


  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 Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 4 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1820
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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