McLaughlin 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. McLaughlin 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 McLaughlin family

The surname McLaughlin 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.

Important Dates for the McLaughlin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLaughlin 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 McLaughlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McLaughlin 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 McLaughlin that are preserved in archival documents are MacLoughlin, McLoughlin, MacGloughlin, Lochlain, Claughan and many more.

Early Notables of the McLaughlin 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...
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McLaughlin migration to the United States

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McLaughlin name:

McLaughlin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles McLaughlin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
McLaughlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dennis McLaughlin, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Duncan McLaughlin, aged 31, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Alexander McLaughlin, aged 24, who arrived in Maryland in 1813 [1]
  • George McLaughlin, who arrived in America in 1818 [1]
  • Mary McLaughlin, who landed in Illinois in 1818 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McLaughlin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Carl McLaughlin, who landed in Alabama in 1924 [1]
  • Clayton Hudson McLaughlin, who arrived in Alabama in 1925 [1]

McLaughlin migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McLaughlin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Alexander McLaughlin U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Daniel McLaughlin U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Edward McLaughlin U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. James McLaughlin U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. James McLaughlin U.E. who settled in Home District, Louth [Niagara], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McLaughlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret McLaughlin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1817
  • Daniel McLaughlin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Mary A. McLaughlin, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Polly McLaughlin, aged 24, a widow, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Patrick McLaughlin, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLaughlin migration to Australia

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

McLaughlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael McLaughlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [3]
  • Mary McLaughlin, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [4]
  • Mary A. McLaughlin, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [5]
  • Robert McLaughlin, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

McLaughlin 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:

McLaughlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • B.D. McLaughlin, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ariel" in 1856
  • Miss Mary Mclaughlin, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Martaban" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1856 [6]
  • Mr. Robert McLaughlin, South African settler travelling from Cape Town aboard the ship "Eveline" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd January 1865 [6]
  • William G. McLaughlin, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Mary McLaughlin, aged 40, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name McLaughlin (post 1700)

  • William T. McLaughlin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Union County, 1950
  • William V. McLaughlin, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Vermont 2nd District, 1908
  • William H. McLaughlin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920
  • William J. III McLaughlin, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 6th District, 1965-66
  • William H. McLaughlin, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1886-89
  • William F. McLaughlin, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County 2nd District, 1962; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan
  • William F. McLaughlin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1972
  • Walter W. McLaughlin, American Democrat politician, University of Illinois trustee, 1943-51
  • Walter H. McLaughlin (b. 1869), American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 18th District, 1915-18
  • W. G. McLaughlin, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Mecklenburg County, 1909-14
  • ... (Another 174 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McLaughlin family

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Edward  McLaughlin (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mr. D  McLaughlin (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Master Raymond J.  McLaughlin (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Bernard Joseph McLaughlin (1958-1988), American Marketing Manager from Cranston, Rhode Island, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
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