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

Meehan Early Origins



The surname Meehan 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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Meehan Spelling Variations


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Meehan Spelling Variations



A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Meehan include Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

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Meehan Early History


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Meehan Early History



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

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Meehan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meehan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meehan 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



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Meehan:

Meehan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Owen Meehan, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • David Meehan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Henry Meehan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • Peter Meehan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Mary Meehan, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meehan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anne Meehan, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833

Meehan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Meehan, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Thomas Meehan, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Thomas Meehan, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • Bridget Meehan, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Thomas Meehan, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meehan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter J. Meehan, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Joseph Meehan, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Margaret Meehan, aged 20, a dairymaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Elizabeth J. Meehan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meehan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meehan (post 1700)



  • Lew Meehan (1890-1951), also known as Bill Guinn, an American film actor who appeared in 207 films between 1921 and 1947
  • John Francis "Chick" Meehan (1893-1972), American football player and coach
  • Lew Meehan (1890-1951), American film actor who appeared in 207 films between 1921 and 1947
  • Martin Thomas "Marty" Meehan (b. 1956), American attorney and politician, current Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • John Silva Meehan (1790-1863), American printer and publisher, the fourth Librarian of the United States Congress (1829 to 1861)
  • Thomas Meehan (b. 1934), American three-time Tony Award winning writer, best known for Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray
  • Charles V. Meehan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ansonia, 1920, 1922
  • Charles J. Meehan, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1956
  • Austin Meehan (d. 1961), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932, 1952, 1960
  • Arthur Meehan, American politician, Mayor of Spokane, Washington, 1953-55
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Meehan Historic Events


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Meehan Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master John R. Meehan (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Meehan (d. 1912), aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Currowhunane, Sligo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. 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.
    10. 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).
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    The Meehan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meehan 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 5 December 2016 at 22:57.

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