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Where did the Irish Moynihan family come from? What is the Irish Moynihan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moynihan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moynihan family history?The surname Moynihan is an anglicized version of the Irish name O Muimhneachain.
Many spelling variations of the surname Moynihan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Moynihan, Minihan, Minaghan, Moynaghan, Myneghane, Minighane, Munnighane, Minihane, Minnagh, Mimnagh, Moyna and many more.
First found in County Mayo, where a sept of the Hy Fiachrach group called O Mionachain was mentioned in 1220 by the Four Masters. They were sub-chiefs of Erris.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moynihan research. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Moynihan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moynihan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Moynihan to North America:
Moynihan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Moynihan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moynihan 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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