The name Mullain is most likely occupational
in origin; in other words, that is, a name derived from the name of a profession. Many occupational names refer directly to the occupation
, but some, like Mullain, are metonymic
, meaning that they refer to some object associated with the profession. Mullain comes from the French word "moulin," meaning "a mill:" the first bearer of the name probably worked in a mill, but it is also possible that the name was taken on by some who lived near a mill.
Early Origins of the Mullain family
The surname Mullain was first found in Suffolk
where records show Ralph Milun in the Feet of Fines of 1198, and Adam Milun in a record from 1200. Other records show Ralph de Molins in the Pipe Rolls
of 1159. A few years later, Laurence atte
Mulene was listed in the Writs of Parliament of 1278 and Gilbert atte
Mullane was listed in Somerset
at the time of Edward III.
Early History of the Mullain family
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Mullain Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mullin, Mullis, Mullen, Mullins, Mullens, Mullings, Molins, Millen, Millin and many more.
Early Notables of the Mullain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mullain family to Ireland
Some of the Mullain family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 38 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mullain family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Mullins, who arrived in Plymouth in 1620; Barthol. Millen, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; Heebert Millen, who arrived in Virginia in 1651; Hugh Mullin, who arrived in Maryland in 1678.
The Mullain 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: Mea gloria fides
Motto Translation: Fidelity is my glory.
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