The Irish name Mulliken was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Maolagain, which is derived from the word maol, which means bald.
Early Origins of the Mulliken family
The surname Mulliken was first found in County Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Mulliken family
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Mulliken Spelling Variations
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations
during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Mulliken include Mulligan, O'Mulligan, Mullican, Mullighan, Mulliken and many more.
Early Notables of the Mulliken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mulliken family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia
. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Mulliken family came to North America quite early:
Mulliken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- H. S. Mulliken, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1892
- Henry Mulliken, aged 42, who emigrated to America, in 1894
- Edward W. Mulliken, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
Mulliken Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harrol Mulliken, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1903
- Mrs. Harrol Mulliken, who settled in America, in 1909
- Beatrice Mulliken, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1910
- Mabel Mulliken, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
- Barbara Mulliken, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mulliken (post 1700)
- William Danforth "Bill" Mulliken (1939-2014), American gold medalist swimmer at the 1960 Olympic Games
- Harry B. Mulliken (1872-1952), American architect and developer, best known for his work in New York City
- Robert Sanderson Mulliken (1896-1986), American physicist and chemist who received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1966