Mehigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Mehigan family

The surname Mehigan 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]

Important Dates for the Mehigan family

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

Mehigan Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Mehigan family name revealed numerous 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 Mehigan family (pre 1700)

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Mehigan migration to the United States

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Mehigan:

Mehigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Julia Mehigan, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Castletownroche, in 1897
Mehigan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Mehigan, aged 30, who landed in America from Portsmouth, in 1904
  • John Mehigan, aged 25, who landed in America from Bandon, in 1905
  • Patrick Mehigan, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Bandon, in 1905
  • Denis Mehigan, aged 19, who settled in America from Baldon, Ireland, in 1905
  • Kate Mehigan, aged 33, who landed in America from Goleen, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  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)
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