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The surname McMeans originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print


McMeans Early Origins



The surname McMeans was first found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, Originally, "Ó Miadhacháin, this is the name of at least two distinct septs; it is now equally distributed throughout the four provinces." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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McMeans Early History


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McMeans Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMeans research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early McMeans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McMeans Spelling Variations


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McMeans Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname McMeans were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

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McMeans Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McMeans Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McMeans family in North America:

McMeans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. C McMeans, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McMeans (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McMeans (post 1700)



  • Bruce McMeans (b. 1940), birth name Bruce Channel, an American singer and songwriter best known for his 1962 million-selling song, "Hey! Baby"
  • Selden Allen McMeans (1806-1876), American physician and politician, State Treasurer of California (1854–1856)
  • Lendrum McMeans (1859-1941), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1910 to 1914, Senator of Canada (1917-1941)

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