Minahan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Minahan is an anglicized version of the Irish name O Muimhneachain.

Early Origins of the Minahan family

The surname Minahan was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where a sept of the Hy Fiachrach group called O Mionachain was mentioned in 1220 by the Four Masters. They were sub-chiefs of Erris.

Early History of the Minahan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minahan research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Minahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Minahan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moynihan, Minihan, Minaghan, Moynaghan, Myneghane, Minighane, Munnighane, Minihane, Minnagh, Mimnagh, Moyna and many more.

Early Notables of the Minahan family (pre 1700)

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Canada Minahan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minahan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Darby Minahan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Peter Minahan, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Minahan, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Dennis Minahan, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Julia Minahan, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland

Australia Minahan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Minahan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Minahan, aged 18, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [1]
  • Alice Minahan, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Contemporary Notables of the name Minahan (post 1700) +

  • Edmund Joseph "Cotton" Minahan (1882-1958), American Major League baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 1907
  • Robert E. Minahan (1858-1935), American politician, Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin (1904-1907)
  • Daniel Francis Minahan (1877-1947), American Democratic Party politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1919-1921) and (1923-1925)
  • Edmund Joseph Minahan (1882-1958), American track and field athlete who competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics
  • Daniel Minahan, American television and film director and writer
  • Patrick Joseph Minahan (1866-1933), Irish-born Australian politician, Member for Belmore, NSW (1913-1917), and for Sydney (1920-1925) and (1925-1927)

RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Lillian E. Minahan, (née Thorpe), aged 37, American First Class passenger from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 14 [2]
  • Miss Daisy E. Minahan, aged 33, American First Class passenger from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 14 [2]
  • Dr. William Edward Minahan (d. 1912), aged 44, American First Class passenger from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [2]


  1. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  2. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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