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

Moynihan Early Origins



The surname Moynihan 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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Moynihan Spelling Variations


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Moynihan Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Moynihan 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 Moynihan, Minihan, Minaghan, Moynaghan, Myneghane, Minighane, Munnighane, Minihane, Minnagh, Mimnagh, Moyna and many more.

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Moynihan Early History


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Moynihan Early History



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

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Moynihan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moynihan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moynihan 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 Moynihan to North America:

Moynihan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Moynihan, who was naturalized in Detroit in 1834
  • Denis Moynihan and his family, who immigrated to New York in 1850
  • Denis Moynihan, aged 33, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Biddy Moynihan, aged 41, arrived in New York, NY in 1851
  • Biddy Moynihan and his sons, who emigrated from Ireland to New York in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moynihan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Moynihan, aged 14, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moynihan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moynihan (post 1700)



  • Joseph A. Moynihan (b. 1959), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1919; Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1921-59; Appointed 1921
  • Jesse Moynihan (b. 1978), American artist, composer and director
  • Brian Thomas Moynihan (b. 1959), American lawyer, businessman and the Chairman and CEO of Bank of America
  • Elizabeth B. Moynihan, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1992
  • Edward F. Moynihan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944
  • Donald F. Moynihan, American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1936
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960 (alternate), 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000; U.S. Ambassador to India, 1973-75; U.S. Representative to United Nations, 1975-76; U.S. Senator from New York, 1977
  • Chip Moynihan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 2008
  • Charles J. Moynihan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1920, 1936
  • Bernard T. Moynihan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948, 1960, 1964 (alternate)
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Moynihan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Moynihan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moynihan 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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