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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Mullins 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.
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Mullins that are preserved in archival documents are 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.  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 Mullins research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1729, 1660 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Mullins History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Mullins to North America:
Mullins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Mullins and his wife Alice, daughter Pricilla and son Joseph, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
- James Mullins, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
- Ann Mullins, who settled in Maryland in 1663
- Ann Mullins, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
- Eleanor Mullins, who landed in Maryland in 1670
Mullins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Mullins, aged 26, landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803
- Michael Mullins, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1824
- John, Patrick and Timothy Mullins settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Mullins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Matthew Mullins, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
Mullins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Mullins, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Patrick Mullins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
- Thomas Mullins, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- George Bridge Mullins, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
- Mary Mullins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851
Mullins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary Mullins arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
- William Mullins, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- Mary Mullins, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- John Mullins, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- Ellen Mullins, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- Matt Mullins (b. 1980), American actor, known for his work on Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (2008-2010)
- Major-General Charles Love Jr. Mullins (1892-1976), American Deputy Commanding General 2nd Army (1948-1949)
- Melinda Mullins (b. 1958), American theater and film actress
- Eustace Mullins (b. 1923), American political writer
- Aimee Mullins (b. 1976), American athlete, actress, and fashion model
- Aimee Mullins (b. 1975), Irish actress, known for her work on Young Ones (2014), Cremaster 3 (2002) and Rob the Mob (2014)
- Brian Mullins (b. 1954), former Gaelic football player for Dublin
- George Mullins (1763-1765), Irish landscape painter
- Mrs. Delilah Mullins (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mrs. Annie Mullins (1852-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- One Mullins Family by Marie R. Justice.
- ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
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- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
The Mullins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mullins 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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