The surname Muldon originally comes from the Gaelic as O Maolduin, a patronymic
name meaning "descendent of Maolduin." The personal name
Maolduin is composed of the elements "maol," meaning " chieftain
," and "dún," meaning "fortress."
Early Origins of the Muldon family
The surname Muldon was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, where they had been anciently seated at Enniscrone and said to be directly descended from King Niall of the Nine Hostages, Ireland's General Commander/King who died in the fourth century. From his twelve sons many tribes are descended including O'Caomhain who controlled the tribes from the River Gleoir to the Easky, a tract of land which included the homes of about 30 tribes, including the Muldoons.
Some of the first records of the family appeared as a forename. Máel Dúin mac Áedo Bennán (died 661) was King of Iarmuman (West Munster.) A few years later, Máel Dúin mac Conaill (died 688) was a king in Dál Riata (now Western Scotland).
Early History of the Muldon family
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Muldon Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages names were often recorded as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Muldon family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Muldoon, O'Muldoon, Meldon, O'Meldon, Maoldoon and many more.
Early Notables of the Muldon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Muldon family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Muldon or a variant listed above:
Muldon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michael Muldon, who landed in New York in 1808 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)
The Muldon Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pro fide et patria
Motto Translation: For faith and my country.