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Where did the Irish Mulhern family come from? What is the Irish Mulhern family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mulhern family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mulhern family history?

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

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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.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulhern research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Mulhern History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mulhern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mulhern Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


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

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  • Matt Mulhern (b. 1960), American actor, best known for his roles in One Crazy Summer and Biloxi Blues
  • Quinn Patrick Mulhern (b. 1984), American mixed martial artist
  • John Francis "Jack" Mulhern (1927-2007), American Olympic ice hockey player
  • Lee Mulhern (b. 1988), Irish singer who won a Gold Medal at the World Championships for Performing Arts competition at age 11
  • Richard Sidney Mulhern (b. 1955), retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • Stephen Daniel Mulhern (b. 1977), British presenter, entertainer, and former magician


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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.

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The Mulhern Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mulhern 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.

This page was last modified on 16 November 2014 at 15:40.

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