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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Mawhinney is Mac Suibhne, which is derived from the word "suibhne," which means "pleasant."

Mawhinney Early Origins



The surname Mawhinney was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel. The name is derived from Suibhne O'Neill, who was a chieftain in Argyll, Scotland. His descendants migrated to Ireland as gallowglasses (mercenaries) prior to 1267. The three great septs of this name finally established themselves in Tirconnell in 14th century; they were known as MacSweeney Fanad, MacSweeney Banagh, and MacSweeney na dTuath, who were commonly referred to as 'MacSweeney of the Battleaxes.' They later became attached to the MacCarthys in the south and acquired their own territories and castles in Muskerry in County Cork.

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Mawhinney Spelling Variations


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Mawhinney Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Mawhinney that are preserved in archival documents are MacSweeney, MacSweeny, MacSwine, MacSwiney, MacSwyne, MacSwyny, MacWhinney, MacWhinny, MacWhinnie, MacSwiny, McSweeney, Swiney, Swinney and many more.

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Mawhinney Early History


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Mawhinney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mawhinney research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1299 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Mawhinney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mawhinney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mawhinney Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was John MacSween, a 13th-14th century nobleman who lost his lands in Scotland after the defeat of the forces and death of Alexander Og MacDonald, Lord of Islay in 1299. In...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mawhinney 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



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Mawhinney to North America:

Mawhinney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Mawhinney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Henry Mawhinney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mawhinney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mawhinney (post 1700)



  • Samuel L. Mawhinney, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1883-86
  • Robert J. Mawhinney (1859-1954), American attorney, the last Solicitor of the United States Treasury (1926–1932)
  • Charles Benjamin "Chuck" Mawhinney (b. 1949), United States Marine Corps sniper who holds the record for the most confirmed kills by a USMC sniper
  • Isaiah Mawhinney (1830-1913), Irish-born, Canadian politician in Manitoba
  • Maxine Mawhinney, Irish newsreader on BBC News
  • Gordon Mawhinney (b. 1943), former politician in Northern Ireland
  • Brian Stanley Mawhinney (b. 1940), Baron Mawhinney, British Conservative Party politician

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Mawhinney Historic Events


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Mawhinney Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Waring Mawhinney (1881-1914), Irish Third Class Passenger from Belfast, Ireland who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
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    The Mawhinney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mawhinney 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.

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