Origin of the Name Maughan
The ancient history of the name Maughan
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'son of a bear', variants of the name Maughan include McMahon, Mahon, Mohan, Vaughan, Maughan and Mahan. This Irish surname has two distinct septs. The first descended from Murtagh Mor O'Brian, who was King of Ireland in the year 1119. Their territory was Corcabaskin in West Clare and the last chief of the sept fell at the Battle of Kinsale in 1602. The other sept was in County Monaghan and they became Lords of Oriel in the thirteenth century. Their present day representatives are still to be found chiefly in Counties Clare and Monaghan. Notable people of the name were Bernard MacMahon, 1680-1747, his uncle Hugh MacMahon, 1737, and his brother Ross Roe MacMahon, 1698-1784, who were all Archbishops of Armagh. In County Galway the name is found as Mohan and sometimes Maughan or Mahan and this in turn has beeen often changed to Mahon.
The Maughan 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 Maughan descendants.