All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Mungan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mongain, which is derived from the word mongach, which means hairy.
Early Origins of the Mungan family
The surname Mungan was first found in Connacht
(Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat
and styled as one of the Irish Clanns who were descendants of King Niall of the Nine Hostages. They were descended through Eochy Moyvane, to Niall Mor, his son, the great Niall of the Nine Hostages. Descended was O'Mongain the great chief of the Mangans whose territories included branches in Mayo, Connacht
, Cork and Limerick.
Early History of the Mungan family
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Mungan Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland
was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations
of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Mungan revealed many variations, including O' Mongain (Gaelic), Mangan, Mongan, Mongin, Mungan, Mungen, Mongun, O'Mongan, O'Mongin, O'Mungen, O'Mongun, O'Mongun, O'Mangan and many more.
Early Notables of the Mungan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mungan family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Mungan or a variant listed above:
Mungan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles and Michael Mungan, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1851 and 1870 respectively