The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Mehany originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mathghamhna, which is derived from the word mathghamhan, which means bear. The modern spelling is O Mahúna.
Early Origins of the Mehany family
The surname Mehany was first found in County Cork
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Mehany family
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Mehany Spelling Variations
Within archives, many different spelling variations
exist for the surname Mehany. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Mahoney, O'Mahoney, O'Mahony, Mahony and others.
Early Notables of the Mehany family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mehany family to the New World and Oceana
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families
left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Mehany:
Mehany Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Mehany, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Mehany Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Joseph Mehany, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Dennis Mehany, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
- Joseph Mehany, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752