Origin of the Name Mulkerin
The origin of the name Mulkerin
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Mulkerin include Mulkerrin, Mulherrin, Mulhern, Mulkerran and Mulhearn. This name in Irish is O'Maoilchiarain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Roscommon.
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.
This name means 'follower of Saint Ciaran'. This sept originated in Roscommon with a branch being located in Counties Armagh and Donegal. They were Erenaghs of Ardcarne and the Four Masters refer to one of them as being slain in the year 1012. They were notable as ecclesiastics. Denis O'Mulcheran, 1224, was Bishop of Elphin and Maelisa O'Mulkieran, 1197, was Bishop of Clogher. In America the name is usually spelt Mulherin or Mulherrin with the form Mulkerin confined to Connacht. The other forms are found mostly in Ulster .
The Mulkerin 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 Mulkerin descendants.