Moyna History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Moyna family

The surname Moyna was 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.

Early History of the Moyna family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moyna research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Moyna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moyna Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Moyna family (pre 1700)

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United States Moyna migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moyna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Moyna, aged 21, who landed in America from Tyrone, in 1899
Moyna Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Moyna, aged 25, who landed in America from Tyrone, in 1900
  • Minnie Moyna, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Monaghan, Ireland, in 1908
  • Edward Moyna, aged 18, who landed in America from Monaghan, Ireland, in 1922
  • Michael Moyna, aged 31, who settled in America from Stranooden, Ireland, in 1923
  • Francis Moyna, aged 34, who settled in America from New Bliss, Ireland, in 1924

Canada Moyna migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moyna Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Michael Moyna, aged 49, destined for Orillia, Ont., in 1903
  • Dean Michael Moyna, aged 57, who settled in Barrie, Canada, in 1911

New Zealand Moyna migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Moyna Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Moyna, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Moyna (post 1700) +

  • Edward Patrick "Pat" Moyna (b. 1914), English-born, American Hollywood Production Manager
  • Paddy Moyna, American actor
  • Moyna Macgill (1895-1975), born Charlotte Lillian McIldowie, Irish stage and film actress and the mother of actress Angela Lansbury


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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