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Many variations of the name Monahan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Manachain, which is derived from the word "manach," which means "monk."

Monahan Early Origins



The surname Monahan was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Monahan Spelling Variations


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Monahan 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 Monahan revealed spelling variations, including Monaghan, Monahan, Monagham, Monahon, Monagan, Mongan, Monaugher, Monck and many more.

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Monahan Early History


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Monahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Monahan research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Monahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Monahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Monahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Monahan 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 Monahan to North America:

Monahan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Monahan, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • William Monahan, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

Monahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Monahan, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • Catherine Monahan, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Bridget Monahan, aged 7, landed in New York in 1864
  • John Monahan, who arrived in New York in 1864
  • Sarah Monahan, aged 30, landed in New York in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Monahan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Monahan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Ann Monk Monahan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1843
  • James Monahan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Michael Monahan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Thomas Monahan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Monahan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Monahan, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Ellen Monahan, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Rose Monahan, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Catherine Monahan, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Mary Monahan, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Monahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Monahan (post 1700)



  • Kathleen Monahan (b. 1972), American former alpine skier who competed at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Edward Francis "Rinty" Monahan (1928-2003), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress and the United States Supreme Court
  • Shane Hartland Monahan (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter
  • Patrick T. "Pat" Monahan (b. 1969), American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead singer for the band Train
  • Thomas F. Monahan, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1920
  • William L. Monahan (d. 1965), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, 1935-37
  • Charles J. Monahan, American Republican politician, Candidate for Illinois State Senate 29th District, 1938
  • Andrew P. Monahan, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New London, 1912
  • Francis D. Monahan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Monahan


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Suggested Readings for the name Monahan



  • The Descendants of Lawrence and Catherine Monahan Lacy et al. by Patricia J. Rezek.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Monahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Monahan 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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