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

Meechan Early Origins



The surname Meechan 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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Meechan Spelling Variations


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Meechan Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Meechan that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are O'Meehan, Meighan, MacMeehan, MacMeekin, MacMeekan,MacMehan, MacMehon and many more.

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Meechan Early History


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Meechan Early History



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

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Meechan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meechan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Meechan 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



The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Meechan or one of its variants:

Meechan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Meechan, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1894
  • John Meechan, aged 23, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1899

Meechan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wm. Meechan, aged 20, who landed in America from Cloonfad, in 1900
  • Patrick Meechan, aged 19, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1906
  • Teresa Meechan, aged 27, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Bridget Meechan, aged 22, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • George Meechan, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meechan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meechan (post 1700)



  • John Stewart Meechan, Scottish professional footballer in the 1930s
  • David Anderson Meechan (b. 1943), Australian former professional association footballer
  • James Meechan (b. 1930), Scottish-born, Canadian artist best known for his stained glass work
  • Frank Meechan (1929-1976), Scottish footballer
  • Steven Meechan (b. 1991), Scottish footballer
  • Alexander Thomas "Alex" Meechan (b. 1980), English footballer

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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. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
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    The Meechan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meechan 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 6 January 2015 at 10:32.

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