Monaghan Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Monaghan Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Monaghan

The ancient history of the name Monaghan was found in the archives. The name Monahan or Monaghan, the latter is the more usual spelling in Ireland , is chiefly to be found in the Counties of Galway , Mayo and Fermanagh, all of which are not far from the original habitat of the O'Monaghans, being that part of County Roscommon which lies between Elphin and Jamestown. The variant of this name is Monks. The Four Masters record O'Monaghan, O'Manachain in Irish , as Lord of the Three Tuathas of Roscommon in 1287. The Manachan from whom the family takes its name was a famous Connaught warrior of the ninth century. The Irish -American poet James Henry Monaghan, 1804-1878, County Galway , was notable as the prosecutor of William Smith O'Brien, who was the famous Fenian prisoner.
The Monaghan 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 Monaghan descendants.
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