Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Mulen 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.
Early Origins of the O'Mulen family
The surname O'Mulen 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
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This latter group is difficult to trace as the Scottish MacMullen or McMullen settled there during Cromwell's Plantation of Ulster.
Early History of the O'Mulen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Mulen research.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1729, 1660 and 1720 are included under the topic Early O'Mulen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Mulen Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the O'Mulen family name include Mullan, Mullen, Mullin, Mullens, Mullins, O'Mullen, O'Mullan, O'Mullin, McMullen and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Mulen family (pre 1700)
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 O'Mulen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Mulen family to the New World and Oceana
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 O'Mulen to North America: D. B. Mullen settled in Philadelphia with his wife, son and servants, in 1807; Daniel, Bernard, Charles, Edward, Hugh,James, John, Margaret, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Thomas and William Mullen all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.