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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Moylan originally appeared in Gaelic as either O Meallain, O Maolain or Mac Maolain. The first surname is derived from the word meall, which means pleasant. The second and third surnames are derived from maol, which means bald.

Moylan Early Origins



The surname Moylan was first found in the province of Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn) where the Mullen, Mullin and Mullan spellings were popular. They were descended from the Kings of Connacht and are of the same basic stock as the O'Concannons. Branches were also found in Cork, Limerick, and Clare where the Mullane and Mullins spellings were the most frequent. Some were found north in Ulster and Tyrone and Derry. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
This latter group is difficult to trace as the Scottish MacMullen or McMullen settled there during Cromwell's Plantation of Ulster.

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Moylan Spelling Variations


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Moylan Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Moylan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Mullan, Mullen, Mullin, Mullens, Mullins, O'Mullen, O'Mullan, O'Mullin, McMullen and many more.

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Moylan Early History


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Moylan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moylan research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1729, 1660 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Moylan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moylan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moylan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Allan Mullen, M.D., (born c. 1660), one of the most eminent Irish anatomists; Dr. James Mullen, self educated doctor; Rev. John McMullen, Bishop...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moylan 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



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 Ameri ca. 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 Moylan name:

Moylan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Moylan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Moylan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Moylan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

Moylan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Moylan, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"
  • James Moylan, aged 30, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Edmond Moylan, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Thomas Moylan, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • Mary Moylan, aged 36, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moylan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Moylan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866
  • Ann Moylan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moylan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moylan (post 1700)



  • Cornelius A. Moylan (1898-1946), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 1st District, 1939-40; Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, 1945-46
  • Stephen Moylan (1737-1811), Irish-American leader during the American Revolutionary War
  • Edward Moylan (b. 1923), American tennis player, Gold Medal winner 1955 Pan American games
  • Martin J. Moylan (b. 1951), American Democrat politician, Electrician; Mayor of Des Plaines, Illinois, 2009-13; Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 55th District, 2013-
  • Kurt S. Moylan, American politician, Member of Guam senate, 1965-68; Secretary of Guam, 1969-70
  • Kaleo Moylan, American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Guam, 2003-06
  • John Moylan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2004, 2008 (alternate)
  • James Moylan, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1891-92
  • Harold T. Moylan, American politician, Member of Nebraska unicameral legislature 6th District; Elected 1966
  • Charles E. Moylan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

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  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Moylan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moylan 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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