McGloughlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McGloughlin originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Lochlainn or O Maoilsheachlainn. The first name is derived from a Norse personal name, while the second name originally designated a follower of St. Secundinus.

Early Origins of the McGloughlin family

The surname McGloughlin was first found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

Muircheartach Mac Lochlainn (died 1166), was king of Tír Eoghain, and High King of Ireland (c.1156-1166.) Together with sixteen of his closest allies, he was killed and was succeeded by Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair.

Niall Mac Lochlainn (died 1176) was a king of Cenél nEógain and Cenél Conaill, son of Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn.

Early History of the McGloughlin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGloughlin research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1002, 1172, 1404, 1387, 1405, 1506, 1699, 1797, 1784 and 1857 are included under the topic Early McGloughlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGloughlin Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname McGloughlin can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacLoughlin, McLoughlin, MacGloughlin, Lochlain, Claughan and many more.

Early Notables of the McGloughlin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Cearbhall mac Lochlainn Ó Dálaigh (died 1404), an Irish poet, Chief Ollam of Ireland (1387-1405); Paidin mac Lochlainn Ó Mailchonaire (died 1506), an Irish poet; Charles Macklin (1699-1797), originally Cathal MacLochlainn in Irish, or Charles McLaughlin...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGloughlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McGloughlin migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the McGloughlin name:

McGloughlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agnes McGloughlin, aged 17, who arrived in America from Ireland, in 1893
  • Lilly McGloughlin, aged 18, who arrived in America from Ireland, in 1893
McGloughlin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Michael McGloughlin, aged 25, who arrived in America from Ballyhaunis, Ireland, in 1904
  • Maria McGloughlin, aged 20, who arrived in America from Ballymote, Ireland, in 1908
  • Nora McGloughlin, aged 22, who arrived in America from Charlestown, Ireland, in 1915
  • J.J. McGloughlin, aged 35, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • James McGloughlin, aged 29, who arrived in America from Kilkell, County Down, Ireland, in 1923

Canada McGloughlin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGloughlin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William McGloughlin U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 231 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGloughlin (post 1700) +

  • Alfred McGloughlin, Irish architect, known for his high Victorian style with mahogany, stained glass and mirrors refitting of the Stag's Head, Dublin
  • Pearse McGloughlin, Irish vocalist, awarded Best Solo Male Video (2009)
  • Laura McGloughlin, Irish translator of Spanish literature
  • Captain W. B. McGloughlin, Canadian officer of the 38th Battalion (Ottawa), CEF, A Company


  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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