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Where did the Irish Minehan family come from? What is the Irish Minehan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Minehan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Minehan family history?

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


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

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minehan research. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Minehan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minehan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Minehan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Biddy Minehan, aged 41, landed in New York, NY in 1851
  • Patk. Minehan, aged 25, who landed in America from Clare, in 1892
  • Mary Minehan, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Minehan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hannah Minehan, aged 20, who landed in America from Ballydehob, Ireland, in 1911
  • Michael Minehan, aged 44, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1913
  • Michael Minehan, aged 44, who settled in America from Killalor, Ireland, in 1913
  • Margaret Minehan, aged 32, who landed in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1916
  • Julie Minehan, aged 25, who emigrated to America, in 1919

Minehan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Minehan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Catherine Minehan, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork


  • Cathy E. Minehan (b. 1947), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


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  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Minehan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Minehan 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.

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