Origin of the Name MacMullen
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McMullen
include O'Mellan, Mullen, McMullin and McMullan. The name Mullen originated from several very distinct sources. It can be a Scottish surname borne by many of the seventeenth century settlers in Ulster . It can also be one of the anglicized forms of the Irish O'Maolain, which is possibly derived from the Gaelic word 'maol', meaning 'bald'. Other forms besides Mullen are Mullin and Mullan in Connacht, and Mullane and Mullins in Cork , Limerick and Clare. As a historic sept O'Mullan belongs to County Galway . Their eponymous ancestor, Mullan, was descended from a King of Connacht and was of the same stock as O'Concannon. Another sept of O'Mullan existed in Ulster , Counties Tyrone and Derry, not to be confounded with the planter McMullane as one of the principal septs under the O'Cahanes. One of the most famous of this sept was Shane Crosagh O'Mullan, the Derry rapparee.
The MacMullen coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all MacMullen descendants.