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The Irish surname Mechan was originally O Miadhachain in Irish Gaelic, which is derived from the word "miadhach," meaning "honorable."

Mechan Early Origins



The surname Mechan 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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Mechan Spelling Variations


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Mechan Spelling Variations



Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Mechan revealed many variations, including O'Meehan, Meighan, MacMeehan, MacMeekin, MacMeekan,MacMehan, MacMehon and many more.

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Mechan Early History


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Mechan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mechan research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mechan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mechan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mechan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mechan 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



A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North Ameri ca. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Mechan or one of its variants:

Mechan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Owen Mechan, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Ter Mechan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Catherine Mechan, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • James Mechan, who landed in New York in 1819
  • Frederick Mechan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mechan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mechan (post 1700)



  • Thomas Mechan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948

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Mechan Family Crest Products


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Mechan Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    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. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    7. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Mechan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mechan 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 4 November 2015 at 10:05.

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