All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Mongant originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mongain, which is derived from the word mongach, which means hairy.
Early Origins of the Mongant family
The surname Mongant was first found in Connacht
(Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat
and styled as one of the Irish Clanns who were descendants of King Niall of the Nine Hostages. They were descended through Eochy Moyvane, to Niall Mor, his son, the great Niall of the Nine Hostages. Descended was O'Mongain the great chief of the Mangans whose territories included branches in Mayo, Connacht
, Cork and Limerick.
Early History of the Mongant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mongant research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1772, 1852 and 1803 are included under the topic Early Mongant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mongant Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Mongant family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including O' Mongain (Gaelic), Mangan, Mongan, Mongin, Mungan, Mungen, Mongun, O'Mongan, O'Mongin, O'Mungen, O'Mongun, O'Mongun, O'Mangan and many more.
Early Notables of the Mongant family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Mongant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mongant family to the New World and Oceana
The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families
to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine
of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Mongant: John, Mary and Judy Mangan who arrived in New York State in 1853; Francis, Henry, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William Mangan, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1826 and 1868.