MacMahon Family Crest, Coat of Arms & MacMahon Name Origin

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Origin of the Name MacMahon

The MacMahon family history was found in the archives. Meaning 'son of a bear', variants of McMahon include Mahon, Mohan and Vaughan. 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 where they became Lords of Oriel in the 13th 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.
The MacMahon 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 MacMahon descendants.
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