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There are multitude of rich histories underlying the many Irish surnames in use today. The name Mulcahy originally appeared in Gaelic as O Maolchathaigh, which means "a descendant of a devotee of St. Cathach." The surname is not, as is often believed, derived from "cathach," meaning "warlike."

Mulcahy Early Origins



The surname Mulcahy was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
They claim descendancy from the Moores, hence the same shield. "John, a younger brother or Roger Caoch who is No. 114 on the 'Moore' pedigree, was the ancestor of Mulcahy." The author continues with a footnote, "From a similarity in the pronunciation of the names, some were of opinion the Maolcaich, who is mentioned in the Stowe Missal, might have been the ancestor of the family. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
From these early beginnings, two additional branches were established in Ardpaddeen and in Kilkenny. Of this latter branch, "the ancient fort or rath in the parish of Castleconor, County Sligo known as Rath Maoilcatha, has suggested the idea that this family may have derived their name from the Maolcatha after whom the rath is called; and therefore that they are descended from the royal stock from which branched the O'Connors, Kings of Connaught." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

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Mulcahy Spelling Variations


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Mulcahy Spelling Variations



Throughout the early history of this name, spellings of the surname in various records changed frequently largely due to the recorder's interpretation of how the name sounded at the time of the entry. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Mulcahy family name include Mulcahey, O'Mulcahey, Mulcahy, O'Mulcahy, Mulcahee, Mulkey, McMulkey and many more.

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Mulcahy Early History


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Mulcahy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulcahy research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mulcahy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mulcahy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mulcahy Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Mulcahy:

Mulcahy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Timothy Mulcahy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767

Mulcahy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Mary Mulcahy settled in Boston in 1849 along with Patrick
  • David, Denis, John, Thomas, Timothy, William Mulcahy all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1860

Mulcahy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Mulcahy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • Thomas Mulcahy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Mary Mulcahy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • James Mulcahy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1838
  • John Mulcahy, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mulcahy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Mulcahy, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola"
  • John Mulcahy, aged 29, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Anne Mulcahy, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Johanna Mulcahy, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

Mulcahy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Mulcahy, aged 24, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Bartholomew Mulcahy, aged 35, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Daniel Mulcahy, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Mary Mulcahy, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Mary Mulcahy, aged 6 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mulcahy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mulcahy (post 1700)



  • John Joseph Francis Mulcahy (1876-1942), American gold and silver medalist Olympic sculler
  • Francis Patrick Mulcahy (1894-1973), American general and commander in the United States Marine Corps during World War II
  • John Joseph Mulcahy (1922-1994), American Roman Catholic bishop
  • Hugh Noyes Mulcahy (1913-2001), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1935 to 1947, named to the 1940 National League All-Star Team
  • Marie F. Mulcahy, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 2nd District, 2000
  • Robert J. Mulcahy, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Illinois State Senate 9th District, 1938
  • Thomas Mulcahy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • Edward William Mulcahy (b. 1921), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Chad, 1972-74; Tunisia, 1976-79
  • Edmond L. Mulcahy, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1919, 1938-43
  • E. C. Mulcahy, American Democrat politician, Nevada Democratic State Chair, 1945
  • ... (Another 15 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)
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  2. 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).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Mulcahy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mulcahy 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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