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Mulcahy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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."

Early Origins of the Mulcahy family


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)

Early History of the Mulcahy family


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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.

Early Notables of the Mulcahy family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mulcahy family to the New World and Oceana


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 America. 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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Mulcahy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Mary Mulcahy, who settled in Boston in 1849 along with Patrick
  • David, Denis, John, Thomas, Timothy, William Mulcahy all, who 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, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm
  • John Mulcahy, aged 29, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 14 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1853.shtml
  • Anne Mulcahy, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 14 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1853.shtml
  • Johanna Mulcahy, aged 22, a servant, who 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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Bartholomew Mulcahy, aged 35, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Daniel Mulcahy, aged 27, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Mary Mulcahy, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Mary Mulcahy, aged 6 months, who 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.)

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
  • Anne M Mulcahy (b. 1952), American businesswoman, chairman and CEO of Xerox
  • Edward Mulcahy, American Diplomat
  • Edward William Mulcahy (b. 1921), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Chad, 1972-74; Tunisia, 1976-79 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edmond L. Mulcahy, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1919, 1938-43 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • E. C. Mulcahy, American Democrat politician, Nevada Democratic State Chair, 1945 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Cornelius Mulcahy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924, 1928 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Friday 14 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1853.shtml
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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