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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.

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The surname Mullins was 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
This latter group is difficult to trace as the Scottish MacMullen or McMullen settled there during Cromwell's Plantation of Ulster.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullins research. Another 105 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable among the family name at this time was Allan Mullen, M.D., (born c. 1660), one of the most eminent Irish anatomists; Dr. James Mullen, self educated doctor; Rev. John McMullen, Bishop...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mullins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Ameri ca. 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
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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
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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
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  • Devin Mullins (b. 1985), Bahamas professional tennis player, bronze medalist at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games
  • 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
  • Sergio Mullins (b. 1980), South African 200m track athlete
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Mullins Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Steven W Mullins (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Des Moines, Iowa, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Eileen Mullins (1905-1914), English First Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Kate Emily Mullins (1875-1914), née Piercy English First Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Albert Edward Mullins (1872-1914), English First Class Passenger from Wimborne, Dorset, England, United Kingdom travelling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Annie  Mullins (1852-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Delilah  Mullins (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Edgar W F Mullins (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Tisbury, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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  • One Mullins Family by Marie R. Justice.
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Citations



  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. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
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