Meghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Meghan originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable. [1]

Early Origins of the Meghan family

The surname Meghan 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." [2]

Early History of the Meghan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meghan research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Meghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meghan Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Meghan revealed spelling variations, including Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

Early Notables of the Meghan family (pre 1700)

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United States Meghan migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Meghan name:

Meghan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Meghan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1861 [3]

Canada Meghan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meghan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Meghan a painter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Meghan (post 1700) +

  • Meghan Markle (b. 1981), Duchess of Sussex, American fashion model, spokesmodel, and actress, wife of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
  • Meghan Heffern (b. 1983), Canadian actress from Edmonton, Alberta, known for her work on Chloe (2009), The Fog (2005) and American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
  • Meghan Lisenby (b. 1992), née Streight, an American retired soccer player who most recently played for FC Kansas City in 2015
  • Meghan Schnur (b. 1985), American soccer midfielder
  • Meghan Marguerite McCain (b. 1984), American columnist and author, daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain
  • Meghan O'Rourke (b. 1976), American poet and critic
  • Meghan Collison (b. 1988), Canadian fashion model from Edmonton, Alberta
  • Meghan Ory (b. 1982), Canadian television and film actress
  • Meghan Toohey, folk-rock singer/songwriter
  • Meghan Zanolli-Holbrook, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 2000 [4]

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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