Origin of the Name Moynihan
The origin of the name Moynihan
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Moynihan include Minihan, Minihane, Moynan and Minnagh. This name in Irish is O'Muimhneachain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Cork and Kerry .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The Minihans and Moynihans have always had the same homeland as far as records go back, in Counties Cork and Kerry where the name was also found in the Kenmare manuscripts as one of the most numerous names in that part of the country. They where a sept of the Hy Fiachrach, one of whom is mentioned in the Four Masters in the year 1220. In the sixteenth century Fiants the name is rendered as O'Moynaghan and Myneghhane and was listed as a principal Irish name in the barony of Tulla, County Clare.
The Moynihan 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 Moynihan descendants.