Mulhern History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Mulhern comes from the Gaelic O Maolchairill, a patronymic, which means a descendant of a devotee of St. Ciareall.

Early Origins of the Mulhern family

The surname Mulhern was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Mulhern family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulhern research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Mulhern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mulhern Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Mulhern were encountered in the archives: Mulhearn, Mulheran, Mulherin, Mulhern, Mulherne and many more.

Early Notables of the Mulhern family (pre 1700)

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Canada Mulhern migration to Canada +

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Mulhern:

Mulhern Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Mulhern, aged 9 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Henry" departing from the port of Donegal, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]
  • Mr. Anthony Mulhern, aged 6 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing 13th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but he died on board [2]
  • Ms. Mary Mulhern, aged 21 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing 13th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but she died on board [2]

New Zealand Mulhern migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mulhern Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Mulhern, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Margaret Mulhern, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Margaret Mulhern, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Mulhern (post 1700) +

  • Sarah Mulhern, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 2004 [3]
  • Joseph J. Mulhern Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1960; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 10th District, 1960 [3]
  • John A. Mulhern, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1948 [3]
  • J. W. Mulhern, American politician, Mayor of Bellingham, Washington, 1950 [3]
  • Edward T. Mulhern, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Brockport, New York, 1947 [3]
  • Daniel Granholm Mulhern, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2004, 2008 [3]
  • John Francis "Jack" Mulhern (1927-2007), American Olympic ice hockey player
  • Quinn Patrick Mulhern (b. 1984), American mixed martial artist
  • Matt Mulhern (b. 1960), American actor, best known for his roles in One Crazy Summer and Biloxi Blues
  • Lee Mulhern (b. 1988), Irish singer who won a Gold Medal at the World Championships for Performing Arts competition at age 11
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Mulhern 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: Per ardua surgo
Motto Translation: I rise through difficulties.


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 48)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 90)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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