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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Irish

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Mullens originally appeared in Gaelic as either O Meallain, O Maolain or Mac Maolain. The first surname is derived from the word meall, which means pleasant. The second and third surnames are derived from maol, which means bald.


The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Mullens revealed spelling variations, including Mullan, Mullen, Mullin, Mullens, Mullins, O'Mullen, O'Mullan, O'Mullin, McMullen and many more.

First found in the province of Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn) where the Mullen, Mullin and Mullan spellings were popular. They were descended from the Kings of Connacht and are of the same basic stock as the O'Concannons. Branches were also found in Cork, Limerick, and Clare where the Mullane and Mullins spellings were the most frequent. Some were found north in Ulster and Tyrone and Derry. [1] This latter group is difficult to trace as the Scottish MacMullen or McMullen settled there during Cromwell's Plantation of Ulster.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullens research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1729, 1660 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Mullens History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mullens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Mullens name:

Mullens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice and Joseph Mullens settled in Massachusetts in 1620 along with Priscilla and William on the "Mayflower"
  • Francis Mullens, who landed in Maryland in 1655
  • Peter Mullens, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

Mullens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Mullens, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Mullens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Mullens, aged 40, landed in Maine in 1812
  • Thomas Mullens, who landed in New York in 1825
  • John Mullens, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1855

Mullens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mathew Mullens, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Mullens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Mullens, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"


  • Byron Mullens (b. 1989), American professional NBA basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Tom Mullens (1900-1961), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1925 to 1926
  • Lieutenant General Sir Anthony Richard Guy Mullens KCB OBE (1936-2009), British Army officer, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (1989-1992), General Officer Commanding the 1st Armoured Division (1985-1987)


  • One Mullins Family by Marie R. Justice.

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  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
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The Mullens Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Mullens 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 9 December 2015 at 11:22.

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