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Where did the Irish Mullens family come from? What is the Irish Mullens family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mullens family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mullens family history?Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Mullens 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.
The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Mullens revealed spelling variations, including Mullan, Mullen, Mullin, Mullens, Mullins, O'Mullen, O'Mullan, O'Mullin, McMullen and many more.
First found in the province of Connacht 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 Mullens research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1729 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Mullens History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mullens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Mullens name:
Mullens Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Mullens Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Mullens Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Mullens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mullens 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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