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McLoughlin - (pronounced Mac-lockh-lin) ('gh' originally 'ch', thus pronounced as in Irish Loch) is the Modern English form of the surnames for two different, but distantly related septs, both of considerable importance to Irish history. In Gaelic, the word Lochlainn means 'of the lakes' and refers to the Scandinavians (Vikings) from the West of Norway. See Lochlann. Related to the Quinn's who were, contrary to belief, the first Quinn's in Johnstown. They were never allowed in Navan, and were eventually forced to run away like cowards from Johnstown to hide in the wilderness of Pelletstown for the remainder of time to settle a feud with the Coffeys. Which they lost.
'Mc' is an English abbreviation of the prefix 'Mac' meaning 'son' (genitive case, 'Mhic', 'son of'; plural, 'Mic', 'sons'). The feminine prefix is 'Ní' or 'Nic', depending on language, dialect and grammatical case (the former more common in Ireland, the latter more common in Scotland). The feminine prefixe
There are several English and Scots variations of the name, including MacLoughlin, McLaughlin, McCloughlin, etc., in Ireland; and, in Scotland, MacLachlan, McLauchlan, McLauchlin, and so on. Mac/Nic Lachlainn is the Scots Gaelic spelling of Mac/Nic Lochlainn (see under the first heading below).
MacLoughlin of Cineál Eoghain
- Domnall Ua Lochlainn, reigned 1083–1121, with opposition.
- Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn, reigned 1156-1166.
Ó Máoilsheáchlainn of Clann Colman
The Ó Máoilsheáchlainns of the Kingdom of Mide (presently the counties of Meath, Westmeath, and parts of the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Offaly, Longford, and Louth, all now in Leinster, and part of County Cavan, now in Ulster) are descendants of the Southern Uí Néill.
High Kings of Ireland of this family included:
- Conchobar mac Donnchada, reigned 819-833, with opposition.
- Máel Sechnaill mac Máele Ruanaid (aka Máel Sechnaill I), reigned 846-862.
- Flann Sinna, reigned 879-916.
- Donnchad Donn, reigned 919-944.
- Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill (aka Máel Sechnaill II), reigned 980-1002;1014-1022.
The Ó Máoilsheáchlainns of Meath lost their lands and their power in the centuries following the Norman Invasion - their homeland of Meath even losing its status and being absorbed into Leinster. The family were recorded as O'Melaghlin, and after the 17th century, McLoughlin.
The Northern Uí Néill family expanded from Ulster into Argyll, in Scotland, where Middle Irish 'Mac/Nic Lochlainn' became Modern Scots Gaelic 'Mac/Nic Lachlainn', most commonly spelled 'MacLachlan in Scots and English.
See the Clan MacLachlan article for more information.
- Alan McLoughlin
- Coleen Rooney (née McLoughlin)
- Colin McLoughlin
- Denis McLoughlin
- Emmett McLoughlin
- James McLoughlin
- Dr. Jean-Baptiste/John McLoughlin ("Father of Oregon")
- John McLoughlin (World Trade Center attack survivor), co-writer of the film World Trade Center
- John McLoughlin, MM, Maryknoll priest, founder of Bishop Walsh Primary School and Bishop Paschang Memorial School in Hong Kong
- Maurice McLoughlin
- Patrick McLoughlin
- Thomas McLoughlin
- Tom McLoughlin
- William McLoughlin, footballer (Burnley FC)
- Tony McLoughlin TD
- "Father John Mcloughlin, M.M. R.I.P.". Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Archive. Retrieved 2011-09-02.