The surname Meen originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Meen family
The surname Meen was first found in County Leitrim
(Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland
, in Leinster
province, Originally, "Ó Miadhacháin, this is the name of at least two distinct septs; it is now equally distributed throughout the four provinces." CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the Meen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meen research.Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Meen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meen Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname Meen were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.
Early Notables of the Meen family (pre 1700)
Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Meen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Meen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm