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The surname Means originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.

Means Early Origins



The surname Means was first found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Means Spelling Variations


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Means Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Means 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 Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

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Means Early History


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Means Early History



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

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Means Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Means Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Means Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Means name:

Means Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Means, who landed in New Hampshire in 1766
  • Sam L Means, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Means Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Means, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • James, Means Jr., who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1809
  • Edward Means, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1829

Means Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • A. M. Means, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Charles Means, aged 7, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Albert Means, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Anne Means, aged 70, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914

Means Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • T Means, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Means (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Means (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Lewis M. Means (1890-1971), American Commanding General 70th Brigade (1938-1942)
  • Russell Charles Means (1939-2012), Oglala Sioux activist for the rights of Native American people
  • Rice William Means (1877-1949), Republican United States Senator from Colorado
  • Natrone Jermaine Means (b. 1972), former professional American Football running back
  • James "Jimmy" Means (b. 1950), American former Winston Cup/Nextel Cup owner/driver
  • Gardiner C. Means (1896-1988), American economist
  • William F. Means, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1881-83
  • Cotesworth Pinckney Means, American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Charleston County, 1935-42; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1940
  • Charles T. Means, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 18th District, 1889-90; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1896
  • Bertha Means, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Means


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Suggested Readings for the name Means



  • The Means Family of America by Elizabeth Cissel Foglesong.

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Means Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Means Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Means 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 June 2016 at 10:09.

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