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

Mehegan Early Origins



The surname Mehegan 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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Mehegan Spelling Variations


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Mehegan Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Mehegan family name include Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

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Mehegan Early History


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Mehegan Early History



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

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Mehegan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mehegan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Mehegan to North America:

Mehegan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mehegan, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Nellie Mehegan, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Blackrock, in 1899

Mehegan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Mehegan, aged 18, who landed in America from Ballarumple, in 1902
  • Edward Mehegan, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Warrenpoint, Ireland, in 1910
  • Gerald Mehegan, aged 20, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1912
  • Margaret Mehegan, aged 52, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1912
  • Patrick Mehegan, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mehegan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mehegan (post 1700)



  • Mary Xavier Mehegan (1825-1915), Irish-born, American founder of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, New Jersey and founded New Jersey's first four-year women's college
  • John Mehegan (1916-1984), American jazz pianist, lecturer and critic
  • Eugene S. Mehegan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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    The Mehegan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mehegan 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 14 January 2016 at 09:40.

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