Show ContentsMulheron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Mulheron comes from the Gaelic O Maolciarain or O Maolchiarain, a patronymic, which means a descendant of a devotee of St. Kieran or Ciarán of Saigir. [1]

The Mulhern(e) variant which is the most common today, claims descent through the O'Connor Faley pedigree, on the Heremon side. The name literally means "one who is dark grey." [2]

Early Origins of the Mulheron family

The surname Mulheron 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.

Mulhern(e) is typically an Ulster form of Mulkerrin which is a "County Roscommon family who were erenaghs of Ardcarne and produced many notable ecclesiastics." [1] Of note was Denis O’Mulkerrin (died 1224), Bishop of Elphin, and Maelisa O’Mulkerrin (died 1197), Bishop of Clogher.

Another source notes the family descend from Mulheeran of Offaley, specifically Maolciaran, "ciaran." [2]

Early History of the Mulheron family

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Mulheron Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Mulheron revealed many variations, including Mulhearn, Mulheran, Mulherin, Mulhern, Mulherne and many more.

Early Notables of the Mulheron family (pre 1700)

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United States Mulheron migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Mulheron family in North America:

Mulheron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John and Michael Mulheron, who settled in New York in 1804
  • John Mulheron, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Edward Mulheron, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Mulheron Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margaret Mulheron, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1902
  • John Mulheron, aged 23, who settled in America from Motherwell, in 1905
  • William Mulheron, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Daniel Mulheron, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Scotstoun, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jane Mulheron, aged 30, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mulheron migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mulheron Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Mulheron, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mulheron (post 1700) +

  • James H. Mulheron, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1891; Chair of Mercer County Republican Party, 1913-14 [5]
  • Edward "Eddie" Mulheron (1942-2015), Scottish association football defender who played from 1963 to 1972
  • Danny Mulheron, New Zealand actor, writer, and director
  • Tiffany Rose Mulheron (b. 1984), Scottish actress
  • Ashley Mulheron (b. 1983), Scottish actress and television presenter

The Mulheron 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. MacLysaght, Edward, The Surnames of Ireland. Ireland: Irish Academic Press, sixth edition, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2366-3)
  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 Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook