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

Moynahan Early Origins



The surname Moynahan 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.

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Moynahan Spelling Variations


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Moynahan Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Moynahan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Moynihan, Minihan, Minaghan, Moynaghan, Myneghane, Minighane, Munnighane, Minihane, Minnagh, Mimnagh, Moyna and many more.

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Moynahan Early History


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Moynahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moynahan research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Moynahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moynahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moynahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moynahan 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Moynahan family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Moynahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Denis Moynahan, who landed in New York in 1850
  • Pat and Humphrey Moynahan, who arrived in New York in 1854

Moynahan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Moynahan, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moynahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moynahan (post 1700)



  • Bernard Thomas Moynahan (1918-1999), American federal judge
  • Timothy C. Moynahan, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1981
  • Stephen A. Moynahan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952, 1956
  • J. J. Moynahan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1916
  • Bernard T. Moynahan Jr., American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 1961-63
  • Bartholomew A. Moynahan, American Republican politician, Mayor of Peekskill, New York, 1958-59; Defeated, 1951
  • Bridget Moynahan (b. 1972), American supermodel and actress
  • Brian Moynahan, English journalist and historical writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Moynahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moynahan 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 October 2015 at 15:03.

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