The Irish name Molligan was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Maolagain, which is derived from the word maol, which means bald.
Early Origins of the Molligan family
The surname Molligan was first found in County Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Molligan family
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Molligan Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Molligan revealed spelling variations
, including Mulligan, O'Mulligan, Mullican, Mullighan, Mulliken and many more.
Early Notables of the Molligan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Molligan family to the New World and Oceana
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Molligan name: Jane Mullican, listed in a land patent record in Maryland in 1674; Bryant Milligan, who is on record in Virginia in 1705; Cornelius, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Mulligan all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.