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The name Mullen 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 Mullen, are metonymic, meaning that they refer to some object associated with the profession. Mullen 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.

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The surname Mullen 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mullin, Mullis, Mullen, Mullins, Mullens, Mullings, Molins, Millen, Millin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullen research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1289 and 1341 are included under the topic Early Mullen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Mullen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mullen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Mullen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • John Mullen, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Brian Mullen, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774
  • Daniel Mullen, who arrived in America in 1782
  • William Mullen, who arrived in New Castle, Del in 1794

Mullen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • D. B. Mullen settled in Philadelphia with his wife, son and servants, in 1807
  • Eliza Mullen, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Robert Mullen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Richard Mullen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Alexander Mullen, who landed in New York, NY in 1815


Mullen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ann Mullen, aged 5, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Mary Mullen, aged 35, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Margaret Mullen, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • Nancy Mullen, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • John Mullen, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834


Mullen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Mullen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849
  • William Mullen, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Bridget Mullen, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Bridget Mullen, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Patrick Mullen, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"


Mullen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Mullen, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Eliza Mullen, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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  • Mr. Robert Mullen (d. 1914), American Third Class Passenger from Racine, Wisconsin, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Harryette Mullen (b. 1953), American poet, short story writer, and literary scholar
  • Joseph Patrick Mullen (b. 1957), retired American professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Charles H. Mullen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Cecelia E. Mullen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940, 1952
  • C. H. Mullen, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 9th Circuit, 1979-85
  • Arthur J. Mullen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1956
  • Arthur Francis Mullen (b. 1873), American Democrat politician, Holt County Attorney, 1901-07; Nebraska State Attorney General, 1910-11; Appointed 1910; Member of Democratic National Committee from Nebraska, 1916-20
  • Charles W. Mullen, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Bangor, Maine, 1911-12; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 4th District, 1912, 1914; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1924
  • David Mullen, American politician, Workers League Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992

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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: Mea gloria fides
Motto Translation: Fidelity is my glory.

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  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Mullen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mullen 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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