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

Meighan Early Origins



The surname Meighan 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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Meighan Spelling Variations


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Meighan Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Meighan that are preserved in archival documents are Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

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Meighan Early History


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Meighan Early History



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

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Meighan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meighan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meighan 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 Meighan to North America:

Meighan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Meighan, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • John Meighan arrived in Philadelphia in 1845
  • Peter Meighan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Michael Meighan settled in Philadelphia in 1855
  • James Meighan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meighan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • L. Meighan, aged 6 months, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Elenor Meighan, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Ann Meighan, aged 9, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Rose Meighan, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

Meighan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Meighan, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meighan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meighan (post 1700)



  • Hunter Meighan (1914-2008), American lawyer and politician, Member of the New York State Assembly (1951-1959), New York State Senator (1960-1964)
  • Pewter Meighan, American actor, known for I Love You for Your Sake (2013), Cold Reading (2013) and Chimneys (2013)
  • Brianna Meighan (b. 1982), American actress and model
  • Patrick Meighan, American animation writer, known for his work on Family Guy (1999), Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) and Titus (2000)
  • Thomas Meighan (1879-1936), American actor of silent films, he has a Star on the Walk of Fame, known for Male and Female (1919), The Racket (1928) and Why Change Your Wife? (1920)
  • Patrick Meighan (b. 1949), American saxophonist and educator
  • Clement W. Meighan (1925-1997), American archaeologist
  • John C. Meighan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Duquesne, Pennsylvania, 1933
  • Hunter Meighan, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 4th District, 1951-59; Member of New York State Senate 30th District, 1960-64
  • E. L. Meighan, American politician, Mayor of Mason, Ohio, 1860-62
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Meighan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Meighan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meighan 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 18 September 2016 at 09:43.

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