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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. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
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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 1 April 2017 at 11:55.

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