Meighen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Meighen family

The surname Meighen 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 Meighen family

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

Meighen Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Meighen are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

Early Notables of the Meighen family (pre 1700)

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Meighen migration to the United States

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Meighen or a variant listed above:

Meighen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Leo Meighen, who settled in Philadelphia in 1836

Contemporary Notables of the name Meighen (post 1700)

  • William Meighen, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1859-60, 1868-69; Member of Minnesota State Senate 3rd District, 1873-76 [3]
  • John F. D. Meighen, American Democrat politician, Minnesota Democratic State Chair, 1937 [3]
  • Prime Minister Arthur Meighen (1874-1960), Canadian Prime Minister from 1920 to 1921 and in 1926

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  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
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