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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 surname Mulhern was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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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  • 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
  • Sarah Mulhern, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 2004
  • 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
  • John A. Mulhern, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1948
  • J. W. Mulhern, American politician, Mayor of Bellingham, Washington, 1950
  • Edward T. Mulhern, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Brockport, New York, 1947
  • Daniel Granholm Mulhern, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2004, 2008
  • Lee Mulhern (b. 1988), Irish singer who won a Gold Medal at the World Championships for Performing Arts competition at age 11
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. 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).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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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.

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